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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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Did the Ark switch positions with the standard of Judah in Numbers 10:33?

According to the earlier narrative(Numbers 10:14-25) the order of setting out of the tribes of Israel was arranged this way: Standard of Judah Gershonites and Merarites-carried Tabernacle Standard ...
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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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Why didn't the 70 elders prophesy again

In Numbers 11:25 Why didn't the 70 elders prophesy again.? it was only a one time event. Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and He took some of the Spirit that was on Moses and ...
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Why did God give instructions about the arrangement of the Israelite tribal camps?

Numbers 2 consists entirely of God giving commandments as to how the Israelite camp should be arranged. From the NIV: On the east, toward the sunrise, the divisions of the camp of Judah are to encamp ...
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Is Taberah and Kibroth Hattaavah the same place in Numbers 11:3 & 34?

Numbers 11:3 After that, the area was known as Taberah (which means “the place of burning”), because fire from the Lord had burned among them there. (New Living Translation) Numbers 11:34 So that ...
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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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Why were the Israelites deprived of eating meat when they had their own cattle and sheep in the desert?

When the Israelites left Egypt they were allowed to take their flocks and herds with them (Ex 12:32). They needed them for their sacrificial offerings - but they could only use those who were ...
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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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How did Korah’s descendants survive?

Numbers 16:32 And the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the people who belonged to Korah and all their goods. Numbers 26:10The earth opened its mouth and ...
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How to understand Numbers 18:12 in light of Leviticus 10:8?

Leviticus 10;9 KJV Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your ...
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According to 1 Corinthians 10:1-4, does the Red Sea in Exodus 14:22 represent Jesus' Blood?

In 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 Paul gives an interpretation of what happened from the OT Exodus 14:22 & Numbers 20:11 as something that leads to baptism and Christ Himself. With that in mind, would it be ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 exactly did Moses do wrong at Meribah?

We read that God commanded Moses to speak to the rock at Meribah so that water could flow out of it. Instead, Moses struck the rock with his staff: Then Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly ...
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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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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 does the phrase 'unclean until the even' refer to in Numbers 19:7?

Numbers 19:7 (KJV) 7 Then the priest shall wash his clothes, and he shall bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp, and the priest shall be unclean until the even. Does ...
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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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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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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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Did Numbers allowed rape?

Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for ...
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Can Moses enter the holy of holies?

In Exodus 25:22 There I will meet with you; and from above the atoning cover, from between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony, I will speak to you about every commandment that I ...
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In Numbers 19 - What is Third day and Seventh day referring to?

In this verse: 11“Whoever touches a human corpse will be unclean for seven days. 12They must purify themselves with the water on the third day and on the seventh day; then they will be clean. ...
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Why was the war against Midian carried out at a much later date?

Can somebody explain the time gap between Numbers 25, which goes into detail about how the Moabite/Midianite coalition enticed the Israelites into sinning, resulting in about 24,000 deaths and ...
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Are the seventy elders mentioned in Exodus 24 the same as the ones mentioned in Numbers 11?

When Moses goes up the mountain to meet the Lord he is instructed to bring along seventy elders. Exodus 24:1 (KJV) 1 And he said unto Moses, Come up unto the LORD, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and ...
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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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Why does Numbers 18:28 mention Aaron specifically by name?

Concerning the tithe of the tithe, Numbers 18:28 (LEB) states: So you will present your own contribution to Yahweh from all your tithes that you receive from the Israelites; from it you will give ...
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How is Deut. 2:29 reconciled with Num. 20:18-21?

After the Exodus, and prior to the conquest of Sihon and Og, Israel attempted to pass through Edom. (The Edomites were the descendents of Esau.) Numbers 20:18-21 records Edom's response as follows: ...
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Why does Moses change Hosea's name to Joshua?

Name changes throughout the Bible are pretty significant. Numbers 13:16 says that "Moses changed the name of Hosea son of Nun to Joshua." What is the significance of this name change? What are ...
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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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Did Balaam die a righteous death?

New King James Version Numbers 23 5Then the Lord put a word in Balaam’s mouth, and said, “Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak.” 6So he returned to him, and there he was, standing by his burnt ...
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Who is the "star" that comes out of Jacob, and why will he crush the foreheads of Moab, and the skulls of all the sons of Sheth?

In Numbers 24:17, with reference to Balaam's fourth Oracle, it is written, (NIV) "I see him but not now, I behold him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob, a sceptre will rise out ...
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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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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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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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Did the Israelites spend 40 or 41 years in the wilderness?

The Book of Numbers begins the year after the Israelites left Egypt. Most of that year has been spent at Mt. Sinai: Numbers 1:1 The LORD spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tent of ...
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What was so special about firstborn Egyptian blood that it could sanctify Israelites?

Exodus 12:29 KJV And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive ...
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Whose idea was it to send the spies to scout the land of Israel?

In Numbers 13 we are told that God commanded Moshe to sends the twelve spies to scout out the land: 1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 2 'Send thou men, that they may spy out the land of ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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