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Fourth book of the Hebrew Bible, and the fourth of five books of the Jewish Torah, covering most of the 40 years that Israel spent in the desert.

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Samson was a Nazirite, (Judges 13:1-5) yet we read that he touched dead persons ,Judges 15:8 , Why?

One of the regulations of Naziriteship was not to go near or touch a dead person: Numbers 6:6 NASB 6 "All the days of his separation to the Lord he shall not go near to a dead person. 7 He ...
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Who are 'them' in Numbers 20:13?

After the sons of Israel had contended against God concerning water,and Moses had not followed instructions it is said God proved himself holy among them Numbers 20:13 NASB ” 13 Those were the ...
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Numbers 19:11He that toucheth the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days

Why unclean for seven days? 11He that toucheth the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days.
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Did the Israelites appoint a leader to take them back to slavery as alluded in Nehemiah 9:17?

Nehemiah 9:17 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 17 “They refused to listen, And did not remember Your wondrous deeds which You had performed among them; So they became stubborn and ...
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How does Joshua 24:9 say Balak fought Israel?

When Joshua reviews the journey of the Israelites he mentions a conflict with Israeli Joshua 24:9 NASB 9 Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and fought against Israel, and he sent ...
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Why does Nehemiah require that the firstborn of the Israelites be redeemed in Nehemiah 10:36?

Nehemiah 10:36 NASB 36 and bring to the house of our God the firstborn of our sons and of our cattle, and the firstborn of our herds and our flocks as it is written in the law, for the priests who ...
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Numbers 18 states that Levites have No inheritance among the sons of Israel, but Deuteronomy 18 says Levites could sell their estates

Numbers 18:23-24 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 23 Only the Levites shall perform the service of the tent of meeting, and they shall bear their iniquity; it shall be a perpetual statute ...
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Parallels between Balaam and the binding of Isaac?

While reading about Abraham's prophetic role, I came across a passing mention that the rabbis identified some key parallels between the Abrahamic and Balaam narratives, particularly connecting the ...
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How many children were there in each Israelite family at the time of the Numbers 1 census? [duplicate]

Numbers chapter 1 records that there were 625,550 adult men in Israel. Numbers chapter 3 records that there were 22,273 firstborn sons in Israel. I'm no mathematician, but if 625,500 / 22,273 = 28....
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In Numbers 30:8 and Numbers 30:15 why does annulling vows seem to have different consequences?

Numbers 30:8 and Numbers 30:12 states that the woman in question who makes the vow will Not be held against her if her husband annuls said vow. Numbers 30:15 states that the husband will bear the ...
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Leviticus & Numbers offerings as holistic and comparing to a typical Western world's meal

Would it be correct to compare sacrifices in the Bible books to Leviticus and Numbers to a typical meal( more specifically a meal in Western culture)? For example, Let's analyze Numbers 28. ...
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Whose rod is used to wrongly strike the rock in Numbers 20?

Num 20:8-9  "Take the rod; and you and your brother Aaron assemble the congregation and speak to the rock before their eyes, that it may yield its water. You shall thus bring forth water for them out ...
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Exegesis of Numbers 28 ( specifically Numbers 28:8 ) lamb offered at twilight and the grain offering and the drink offering

Numbers 28 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Laws for Offerings 1 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Command the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘You shall [a]be careful to ...
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Did God “change His mind” in Ezekiel 4?

Others have asked similar questions pertaining to passages such as Amos 7:3, 6, Numbers 22, 1 Samuel 15, and 1 Kings 19 regarding this topic. My goal in asking this is not ask the same old question ...
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Why was prohibition against consuming grapes and raisins included in the Nazirite vow?

Wine and fermented drink contain alcohol, and one easily gets drunk when consuming them. Grapes and raisins, on the other hand, don't make you drunk, do they? So, why the prohibition? Does it have to ...
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Is Deutoronomy 25:4 an interpolation?

Deutoronomy 25:4 NKJV 4 “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain. All the verses in this chapter are related except this one.There are ample places where this text could have ...
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Whom did the congregation want to stone in Numbers 14:10?

After having refused to enter the promised land it is said the congregation grumbled against Moses and Aaron. Then Joshua and Caleb who had also spied out the land admonished the congregation as well ...
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Differences between sin offering and guilt offering mentioned in the bible? (Guilt offering vs sin offering)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I understand that there are 5 types of offerings in the bible: 1) Burnt offering 2) Grain offering 3) Peace offering 4) Sin offering 5) Guilt offering As I read ...
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Could Moses's instructions have indirectly lead to the bad report of the ten spies in Numbers 13:17-20?

Numbers 13:17-20 NASB 17 When Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, he said to them, “Go up [b]there into the [c]Negev; then go up into the hill country. 18 See what the land is like, and ...
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What does the phrase “drive out” mean in Numbers 33:55?

In the context of Numbers 33:55, what is the meaning of the Hebrew word translated “drive out”? 55 But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then those of them whom ...
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Did Balaam counsel the midianites in the incident of Baal of Peor as alluded to in Numbers 31?

After men of Israel had committed halotry with the Moabite and Midianite women Moses seems to blame Balaam for this wayward behaviour Numbers 31:14-18 NASB [14]Moses was angry with the officers ...
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Was it only the cases involving a death sentence that required two or three witnesses in Numbers 35 and deutoronomy 17?

Numbers 35 NASB [30]'If anyone kills a person, the murderer shall be put to death at the evidence of witnesses, but no person shall be put to death on the testimony of one witness. Deuteronomy 17:...
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In Numbers 23:21 what is the “shout of a king among them”?

What is meant by "the shout of the King is among them"? Does it suggest that the King/YHVH is doing the shouting? Or are the shouts laudatory? Or is it just a parallel with the previous phrase, that ...
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Why were the elders of Israel uncertain about the man picking sticks on the Sabbath in Numbers 15:32-34?

Numbers 15:32-34 Nasb Now while the sons of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering wood on the sabbath day. 33 Those who found him gathering wood brought him to Moses and Aaron ...
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What does “sanctify me” in Numbers 20:12 mean?

Numbers 20:12 KJV And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into ...
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Why go above and beyond full restitution? (Numbers 5:7)

Confessing and Paying for Sins Numbers 5:5-8 (GW) 5The Lord said to Moses, 6“Tell the Israelites: If you do something wrong to another person, you have been unfaithful to the Lord. When you ...
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What is the correct translation of Numbers 28:10?

The King James Version (ed. 1769) translates Numbers 28:10 as follows, This is the burnt offering of every sabbath, beside the continual burnt offering, and his drink offering. The Hebrew text ...
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Which are the other tests/complaints mentioned in Numbers 14:22?

Numbers 14 [22]Surely all the men who have seen My glory and My signs which I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have put Me to the test these ten times and have not listened to My voice,...
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Consecration of the first born

Numbers 3:11,12: ...I have taken the Levites from among the Israelites in place of the first male offspring of every Israelite woman. The Levites are mine, for every firstborn are mine... Why do we ...
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Did the Priest face a specific direction during the wave offering?

Exodus 29:24 24 And thou shalt put all in the hands of Aaron, and in the hands of his sons; and shalt wave them for a wave offering before the LORD. Leviticus 8:29 29 And Moses took the breast,...
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What is the meaning of the Hebrew words “temunah” and “adameh” as translated in the KJV, particularly in Numbers 12:8?

I have an assignment on the meaning behind the King James Version translation of Numbers 12:8: With him [Moses] will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the ...
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Is Numbers 12:3 an interpolation?

Numbers 12:1-5 NIV (1) Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite. (2) “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses?” they asked. “Hasn’t he ...
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In Numbers 22:28 did Balaam's donkey actually talk?

We know there is nothing impossible for God to do. But it seems there is something figurative about Numbers 22:28 when it says the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey. Then the Lord opened the ...
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In Numbers 24:4 are the words “into a trance” in the original Hebrew?

He hath said, which heard the words of God, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open: -- Numbers 24:4 (KJV) I would like to know if the part of the ...
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Who were the Nephilim? [duplicate]

Genesis 6:1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they ...
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Did God command the making of graven images, in Exodus and Numbers?

Exodus 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: ...
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What is the proper understanding of ובן-אדם ויתנחם in Numbers 23:19?

“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? (Numbers 23:19 NKJV) לא איש אל ...
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Did Balaam utter his first two messages through divination in Numbers 23,4,14?

In the first two messages we are told that the Lord put a word in Balaam's mouth & he started to speak his message Numbers 23:4 NASB 4 Now God met Balaam, and he said to Him, “I have set up ...
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Does Numbers 18:15-16 permit child sacrifice?

Num 18:15-16 ESV Everything that opens the womb of all flesh, whether man or beast, which they offer to the Lord, shall be yours. Nevertheless, the firstborn of man you shall redeem, and the firstborn ...
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Did Israel attack Sihon before or after they had passed Moab?

In the book of Deuteronomy it seems they attacked Sihon after leaving Moab,since they sent the message to him when they were at Moab. Deuteronomy 2:29 NASB 29 as the sons of Esau did for us in ...
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If the Exodus and conquest of Canaan took place around 1446 BC, why are there so many references to iron in that period's writing?

It has been reasonably argued by the Associates for Biblical Research, for example, that Exodus must have taken place in 1446 B.C., and that the conquest of Canaan must have taken place around 1406 B....
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Why do all the census numbers in Numbers 1 end in zero?

In the Numbers 1 census, why do all the numbers from each tribe end in zero? Is this an estimate?
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How did the philistines move the ark of the covenant into the temple of Dagon in 1 Samuel 5?

1 Samuel 5:1-2 KJV 1 And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer unto Ashdod. 2 When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and ...
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Why are the descendants of Hebron not specifically named in Exodus 6:17-22?

Exodus 6:17-22 KJV 17 The sons of Gershon; Libni, and Shimi, according to their families. 18 And the sons of Kohath; Amram, and Izhar, and Hebron, and Uzziel: and the years of the life of ...
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Did Zimri deliberately bring Cozbi into the Israeli camp in Numbers 25?

Numbers 25:1,4-5 NASB [1]While Israel remained at Shittim, the people began to play the harlot with the daughters of Moab. [4]The Lord said to Moses, "Take all the leaders of the people and ...
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Defense of a variant of Numbers 22:5 about the location of Pethor

Numbers 22:5 (MT) reads: וַיִּשְׁלַ֨ח מַלְאָכִ֜ים אֶל־בִּלְעָ֣ם בֶּן־בְּעֹ֗ר פְּ֠ת֠וֹרָה אֲשֶׁ֧ר עַל־הַנָּהָ֛ר אֶ֥רֶץ בְּנֵי־עַמּ֖וֹ לִקְרֹא־ל֑וֹ לֵאמֹ֗ר הִ֠נֵּ֠ה עַ֣ם יָצָ֤א מִמִּצְרַ֙יִם֙ הִנֵּ֤ה ...
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Did Phinehas stay outside the camp after killing Zimri & Cozbi in Numbers 25?

Numbers 25:7 KJV 7 And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand; 8 And he went after the man ...
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In the account in Numbers 31, how would the Israelite soldiers have known which women had had sex and which women did not?

The text records Moses as having said, "Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him." Numbers 31:17 The implication is that the ...
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Did the wife of Korah die in the rebellion in Numbers 16?

We are told that Datham & Abiram died together with their wives & sons during the rebellion including Korah. Numbers 16:23-27 (KJV) 27 So they gat up from the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, ...
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In Joshua 2:1 why are Joshua's scouts not named?

Moses and Joshua both sent scouts into the land of Canaan. When Moses sent the scouts there are 13 verses (Numbers 13:4-16) spent on listing their names. When Joshua sent the scouts there is one verse ...