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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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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 ...
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Are the verses in Num. 17:12-13 misplaced?

The Israelites said to Moses, “We will die! We are lost, we are all lost! 13 Anyone who even comes near the tabernacle of the Lord will die. Are we all going to die?” The text doesn't give us a ...
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In partial sentence Numbers 16:1 what did Korach take?

Inspired by What does Cain say to Abel in Genesis 4:8?, at the beginning of Numbers 16, we have another incomplete sentence (all translations here): וַיִּקַּ֣ח קֹ֔רַח בֶּן־יִצְהָ֥ר בֶּן־קְהָ֖ת בֶּן־...
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Theory to explain ordering of tribes in Numbers 13

I noticed two strange things about the the listing of the tribes in Numbers 13:4-15. Firstly, the order of the tribes is as follows: Reuben, Simon, Judah, Issachar, Ephraim, Benjamin, Zebulun, ...
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Chronological discrepancy in Joshua's name in Numbers and Exodus

In Numbers Chapter 13, Moses appears to rename Hoshea the son of Nun as Joshua the son of Nun: Verse 8 from the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea the son of Nun; (ESV) Verse 16 These were the names of ...
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How many rods did Moses take into the tabernacle in Numbers 17?

Numbers 17:2-6 (KJV) 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and take of every one of them a rod according to the house of their fathers, of all their princes according to the house of their fathers ...
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Did Moses disband the initial group of leaders which he had appointed in Exodus 18?

After listening to the counsel of his father-in-law Moses selects men who will help him to arbitrate in matters of the Israelis. Exodus 18:17-26 NASB 17 Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “The ...
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Priest or Nazirite who waved the offering in Numbers 6?

Numbers 6:19-20 NASB 19 The priest shall take the ram’s shoulder when it has been boiled, and one unleavened cake out of the basket and one unleavened wafer, and shall put them on the [i]hands of ...
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Was there some other secret ingredient added to the testing formula in Numbers 5:11-31?

Num. 5 goes into great length to preserve an ancient Israelite test for the unfaithful wife. The test was in the form of a drinking formula. The formula basically consisted of water, soil and the ...
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In Numbers 31 why didn't God punish the Moabites in the incident of Baal of Peor?

All texts from NKJV Numbers 22:2 2 Now Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. 3 And Moab was exceedingly afraid of the people because they were many, and Moab was ...
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How are the two lambs offered on the Sabbath in Numbers 28:9?

Numbers 28:9 NASB 9 ‘Then on the sabbath day two male lambs one year old without defect, and two-tenths of an [d]ephah of fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering, and its drink offering: ...
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Why does the prince offer six lambs on the Sabbath in Ezekiel 46:4?

Ezekiel 46:4 NASB 4 The burnt offering which the prince shall offer to the Lord on the sabbath day shall be six lambs without blemish and a ram without blemish; In Ezekiel the prince offers six ...
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In Numbers 33:34-39 what is the correct route taken by the Israelites to the promised land?

Numbers 33:34-39 (KJV) 34 And they removed from Jotbathah, and encamped at Ebronah. 35 And they departed from Ebronah, and encamped at Eziongaber. 36 And they removed from Eziongaber, and ...
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Are these two different groups that are being referred to in Numbers 14:22-23?

Numbers 14:22-23 (KJV) 22 Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not ...
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Did the Lord pardon the iniquity of the rebellion in Numbers 14?

Number 14:20-23 (NKJV) 20 Then the LORD said: “I have pardoned, according to your word; 21 but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD— 22 because all these men ...
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What is the purpose of a Nazarite vow described in Numbers 6?

A special vow called the vow of a Nazarite is mentioned in Numbers 6:2 and the conditions of the vow are spelled out as the chapter follows. Verse 8 says, "Throughout the period of their dedication, ...
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Why is Caleb singled out for praise in Numbers 14:24?

Numbers 14 [24]But My servant Caleb, because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land which he entered, and his descendants shall take possession of it. ...
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Why is Caleb said to be from the tribe of Judah in Numbers 13:6?

Numbers 13:6 (NKJV) 6 from the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh; But in Numbers Caleb is said to be Kenizzite. Numbers 32:12 (NKJV) 12 except Caleb the son of Jephunneh, the ...