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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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Couldn't the Jews eat their livestock in addition to eating the manna in the Exodus period?

The Jews were tired of eating the manna day by day (Numbers 11:6-9) which the Lord had given them (Exodus 16:31-35). Yet God instituted the offering of sacrifices at the tabernacle (Leviticus 1-7). If ...
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Scholarly sources for numeric symbolism in the Old and New Testaments?

I'm wondering if anyone knows a good scholarly/academic source for the study of numbers and their significance in the Old and New Testaments? I often come across remarks about the Hebrew and/or ...
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What does it mean, "They prophesied in the camp"? (Eldad and Medad, Numbers 11:26)

We are told in the narrative of Numbers 11 that, instead of meeting with the other elders of Israel around the Tabernacle of Meeting, two (mortals) remained in the camp and there prophesied under the ...
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Why so much killing [closed]

How did God justify taking over others lands and killing all of other tribes in the process?! (Numbers, Deuteronomy)
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Any other connections with 144,000?

I have a few thoughts on 144 that I have noticed, but would like further evidence-based references from others. The 144,000 that are "sealed" and mentioned in Revelation is a number that ...
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Moses' Emotional Response to Promised Land Exclusion (Num. 20:12)

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron: Because you did not have confidence in me, to acknowledge my holiness before the Israelites, therefore you shall not lead this assembly into the land I have given ...
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Who are other spies that surveyed the land in Numbers 14?

“And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes:” ‭‭Numbers‬ ‭14‬:‭6‬ ‭KJV‬‬. Numbers 13:4-16 only speaks on Caleb going, but ...
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Who is the second male that was not afraid to take the land in Numbers 14?

In the KJV, NKJV, and NLT it only mentions Caleb in Numbers 13:30, though many people, writings, and videos say there were two men. Is there other text, maybe Hebrew that states there was another spy ...
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Could those heads of the "Sons of Israel" really have encountered some "Sons of the Nephilim', when spying out the "Promised Land". Numbers 13:33

The Nephilim are only mentioned in one other book of the Bible, Gen, 6:4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came into the daughters of men, and ...
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Did the Israelites not violate the Sabbath in Numbers 31:24?

After engaging in a battle with the Midianites Moses instructs the the Israelites to wash their clothes and purify themselves on the seventh day.The Seventh day usually was the Sabbath day which ...
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Why exactly were Aaron and Miriam denied entrance into the "Promised Land" in addition to Moses in Numbers 20:7-12?

Towards the end of the "Wilderness Wanderings", now (all) 40 years after the "Exodus", but before the entrance into the "Promised Land", the sons of Israel contended with ...
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Interpretion of apparent contradition in Numbers 16:38 in relation to fire pans of sinners becoming sacred

In the passage: The fire pans of those who have sinned at the cost of their lives, and let them be made into hammered sheets as plating for the altar—for once they have been used for offering to יהוה,...
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Does the sentence imposed by God, during wilderness wanderings, fit the crime?? The crime: wood gathering on the Sabbath-Numbers 15:32-36

God's no nonsense judgement against working on the Sabbath of being "Stoned to death" seems awfully harsh on the post Exodus, most likely long suffering, wilderness wanderer, who was merely ...
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How did the lights of the lampstand light up only the front area? Numbers 8:1-3

Numbers 8:1-3 NIV 1 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Speak to Aaron and say to him, ‘When you set up the lamps, see that all seven light up the area in front of the lampstand.’” 3 Aaron did so; he set up ...
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Does offering a firstborn male child to God strip him of the sovereignty and thus inheritance of land?

My question refers to the totality of biblical domain as I suspect this rule/law was in effect even before Abraham. If it indeed existed it would be a corollary of to the rule of the first born ...
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When did God say that Moses would enter the Promised Land?

We have been told that Moses didn't enter the Promised Land because he struck the rock rather than speak to the rock. But did God ever say that Moses would enter the Promised Land? I find that Moses ...
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Are those names the same? Shuppim and Huppim - Shupham and Hupham - Shephuphan and Huram - Muppim and Huppim

The following names are said to be the same by some, and sometimes two or three of them are the same person, and the resources and dictionaries vary a lot. I read an article mentioning them, but I ...
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What Is the Difference Between 'Man' And 'Son of Man' in Num 23:19?

Numbers 23:19 God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind.... Is this merely repetition saying "God ain't a human being" twice in a row for emphasis,...
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Apparently a DOUBLE contradiction: Can this be explained?

First, God Himself provided the rules by which a Nazarite vow should be fulfilled. 1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When either man or ...
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Was Moses’ father-in-law a Kenite or Midianite?

Numbers 10: 29 Now Moses said to Hobab son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses’ father-in-law, “We are setting out for the place about which the LORD said, ‘I will give it to you.’ Come with us and we will ...
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Why did God still allow water to flow from the rock in Numbers 20 even though Moses directly disobeyed The LORD's command?

Note that I am not asking why Moses was punished, but rather why GOD still allowed water to flow from the rock even though Moses disobeyed In Exodus 17, God commands Moses: 5 'Go on before the people,...
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Are we sure the Sabbath was/is always on a Saturday, and why are there not names of days in the Bible?

If we read the Bible, God's days start at sunset. God's months start with a new moon (lunar calendar). The Jews in the O.T. & N.T. followed God's lunar calendar, based on the new moon. The seventh ...
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What happened to gods share of the virgin girls in Numbers 31

In the book of Numbers, a great many bulls, goats rams etc... are killed and burned as sacrifices to God. However, in the Book of Numbers (chaoter 31; verses 25 through 42) some human women are also ...
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Are there any surviving (extant) copies of "the book of the wars of the lord"? [closed]

In the book of Numbers, Chapter 21 verse 14, a book of war is mentioned. many of the books written thousands of years ago have been destroyed. Were all surviving copies of the book of war lost over ...
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Why did God punish only the Midianites but not the Moabites?

The Moabites and the Midianites were both involved in luring Israel into idolatry. But why were only the Midianites punished in Numbers 25 and Numbers 31?
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Wasn't it Balaam who was led by the Spirit to prophecy blessings over Israel?

So what does the author of this particular commentary mean when they say "Balak was led by the Spirit to utter words concerning Israel." Numbers 22 Preacher's Commentary Invitation and ...
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Were inquiries ever made for ordinary israelite using the Urim and Thummim? [closed]

It seems almost all inquiries made using the Urim and Thummim were made for either kings or leaders of the community Numbers 27:18,21 NASB So the Lord said to Moses, “[g]Take Joshua the son of Nun, a ...
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What Is The Fulfillment Of Numbers 24:24? [closed]

And ships shall come from the coast of Chittim, and shall afflict Asshur, and shall afflict Eber, and he also shall perish for ever.(Numbers 24:24) There are many different interpretations to Numbers ...
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Why did God choose healing instead of taking away the serpents in Numbers 21:6?

We are told that after children of Israel had sinned God sent serpents to bit them to death NUMBERS 21:6 NASB Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people and they bit the people, so that many ...
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How were the the duties of the Levites intergrated during the stationary Temple?

When the first mobile tabernacle was built three divisions of the Levites namely Kohathites,Gershonites and Merarites were allocated different duties.Their duties entailed carrying the mobile ...
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According to Deuteronomy 1:39 and Numbers 32:11 someone suggesting baptism should be given to only age 20 or above. What age is right for Baptism?

The argument is given that children below 20 can not be accountable as per God in Deut. 1:39. On that basis, the repentance below age 20 should not be acceptable therefore giving baptism below 20 is ...
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Does Numbers 5:27 involve an induced miscarriage/abortion?

Recently, I have come across Numbers 5:27 being used to show that abortion is not wrong and, in fact, even was advocated to test against a woman committing adultery through a certain type of drink. In ...
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Is the ram mentioned in Leviticus 16 the same as the one in Numbers 29?

Leviticus 16:3 NASB Aaron shall enter the Holy Place with this: with a [d]bull as a [e]sin offering and a ram as a burnt offering. Numbers 29:2 NASB And you shall offer a burnt offering as a ...
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Plural Hebrew numbers multiple vs. tens [closed]

From what I can see, in order to make a Hebrew number tenfold, you make it plural. שֶׁבַע (H7651) sheh'-bah is the word for seven. שִׁבְעִים (H7657) shib-eem' is seventy. שִׁבְעָתַיִם (H7659) shib-aw-...
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Was the sanctuary not defiled in Leviticus 10:2?

Two sons of Aaron die inside the sanctuary after offering an unholy fire Leviticus 10:2 NASB And fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. There ...
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Why was the tabernacle dedication in Numbers 7 set up like that?

The dedication process in Numbers 7 is quite interesting, hence why I'm curious about it. How come it was set up in such a way that all the tribe leaders had to give those items beginning in Numbers 7:...
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If God is all knowing, why does he command Moses to call a census?

In chapter on one the book of Numbers, we read that God commands Moses to take a census: “The Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tent of meeting, on the first day of the second ...
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Why were there offerings at the end of the Nazirite vow in Numbers 6:13-21?

These set of verses record a ritual for ending a person's Nazirite vow: 13 ‘Now this is the law of the Nazirite: When the days of his separation are fulfilled, he shall be brought to the door of the ...
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Does numbers 16 showcase the reality of Hell/Sheol?

We read: “And Yahweh spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “Separate yourselves from the midst of this community, that I can destroy them in a moment.” And they fell on their faces, and they said, “God, ...
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How do we reconcile Exodus 15:3 with 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 “The Lord is a man of ...
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Did the Sabbath originate in the wilderness per Exodus 16:29?

Exodus 16:29 reads (NKJV, emphasis mine): See! For the LORD has given you the Sabbath; therefore He gives you on the sixth day bread for two days. Let every man remain in his place; let no man go out ...
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Israelite naming conventions per Numbers 1:15

I came across this person's name while I was studying Numbers 1:15 and found it so odd they were named as such: "...from Naphtali, Ahira the son of Enan.” Per Strong's concordance, Ahira means &...
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Were Job's declarations in Job 27 prophetic?

Numbers 23:7: And [Baalam] took up his discourse and said... Job 27:1 (NASB): Job again took up his discourse and said... In Numbers 23, Baalam's oracle was clearly prophetic. Was Job's discourse ...
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Why was Miriam not mourned like Moses and Aaron in Numbers 20:1?

When Miriam dies we are not of Israel mourning for her and the period of mourning. We are just told that she died and was buried there. KJV Numbers 20 : 1 1 Then came the children of Israel, even the ...
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Does ἕκτῃ mean "seventh" as well as in Genesis 2:2? Alpheios says that it means "sixth"

I'm reading the LXX (Septuagint bible) and Alpheios Reading tools say that ἕκτῃ means "sixth" here when it's supposed to be "seventh" (according to the original Hebrew). Can anyone ...
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Why did God tell Moses to scout the land whether it was good or bad in Numbers 13:19?

In Numbers 13 we are told that God had instructed Moses to sent spies to scout the land.One of the instructions was to check whether the land was good or bad. Numbers 13:2,13 ESV The Lord spoke to ...
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Is there an alternate interpretation of God prohibiting Moses from entering the Promised Land? [closed]

It is commonly believed that God prohibited Moses from entering the Promised Land because of "striking the rock" instead of "speaking to it." And, indeed, that is the way Scripture ...
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Does John include Jesus’ interchange with Phillip (John 5:7) to emphasize another parallel with Moses (Num. 11:21-22)?

Does John include Jesus’ interchange with Phillip (John 5:7) to emphasize another parallel with Moses (Num. 11:21-22)? Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, ...
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Which sea was Moses alluding to in Numbers 11:22?

Numbers 11: 21But Moses said, “Here I am among six hundred thousand men on foot, and you say, ‘I will give them meat to eat for a whole month!’ 22Would they have enough if flocks and herds were ...
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Were Israelite Sukkot סֻּכּ֗וֹת “Booths” in Leviticus 23:42-43 simply Ohalim אֹהָלִים “Tents”? - based on Balaam’s observations in Numbers 24:5?

When Balaam raised his eyes and saw Israel dwelling according to its tribes, and the spirit of God rested upon him - Did God confirm through Balaam that Sukkot were good “Tents”? [Bamidbar | Numbers ...
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