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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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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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Were Sihon and Og related?

The Bible tends to pair these two individuals, even if they were different individuals. So did they share something in common (i.e. being Nephilim)? Were they major allies? "We have heard how the ...
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Understanding the purpose of the trumpets in Numbers 10?

Numbers 10:9 states And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the Lord your God, ...
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Why were the Sabbath breakers not punished in Exodus 16:27-28?

Exodus 16:27 NIV 27 Nevertheless, some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather it, but they found none. 28 Then the Lord said to Moses, “How long will you[c] refuse to keep my commands and ...
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Significance blessing for Moses like Aaron

I've found no significance reward for Moses dedicated service, neither for his descendants unlike Aaron that got almost, if not all the blessings in Numbers 18:8-20. My question is, are there any ...
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Was the empty tomb unclean after the resurrection?

Was the empty tomb unclean according to Jewish purity laws? New tombs were not yet graves and not yet sources of uncleanliness. But once a body was put into the tomb, it became a family tomb or ...
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How does the Douay Rheims Bible(DRB) translate burnt offering עֹלָ֥ה as Holocaust in Numbers 28:3?

3 These are the sacrifices which you shall offer: Two lambs of a year old without blemish every day for the perpetual holocaust In other versions it is translated as burnt offering: KJV 3 And thou ...
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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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How did the Levites lay their hands on the bulls in Numbers 8:12?

We are told that all the Levites were to lay their hands on the two bulls for their atonement and in a recent census the Levites numbered around 22 000 Numbers 8:12 NASB 12 Now the Levites shall ...
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(John 3:14-15) Is Jesus Christ an idol? [closed]

Yeah, I know it is a provocative title, but I honestly think this is a very important question and I'd like some serious exploration. The question is "has Jesus become an idol like the serpent from ...
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After Israel repeatedly sinned, why is it said, "He has not observed iniquity in Jacob" (Num 23:21)?

Num 23:21 says, “He has not observed iniquity in Jacob, Nor has He seen wickedness in Israel. The Lord his God is with him," How can this be said about Israel, after all the times they rebelled ...
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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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Did the act of “worship” consist of falling to the ground on one’s face?

Genesis 17:3 - Then Abram fell facedown and God spoke with him Numbers 20:6 - Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the tent of meeting and fell facedown Joshua - 14 “Neither,” he ...
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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 Moses call himself the "most humble man on the planet"?

Tradition holds that Moses wrote the first five books of the bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy). Though some believe it was a series of authors. If we stick to tradition, is ...
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Why does the Tanakh translation have more verses in Numbers 27 than other translations do?

In the Tanakh translation , Numbers chapter 27; has a lot more verses than other translations do. Why? Example: Numbers 27:16-26 in the Tanakh, can not be found in the KJV Old Testament. The last ...
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How to understand the borders of Israel in `Numbers 34`

In the Book of Numbers, Chapter 34, the borders of Israel's inheritance, the land of Canaan, are described. I'm a bit confused about these descriptions. For instance, in verse 8 the northern border ...
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In Numbers 15:37-39 do the "tzitzith", (ציצית) fringes, extend from "the four corners", or "the hem" of their garments?

In Numbers 15:37-39 the Israelites are commanded make tzitzith (fringes, strings, tassles) on their garments The Lord said to Moses, 38 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘Throughout the ...
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What exactly was "contrary to what was written" in 2 Chronicles 30:18?

Numbers 9:6-14 talks about some israelites that were unclean but still wanted to celebrate the Passover. They asked Moses if they could, and Moses asked God, and God said (verse 10, NIV): ... When ...
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What did Balaam mean by Amalek as being the first among nations in Numbers 24:20

Numbers 24:20 NIV 20 Then Balaam saw Amalek and spoke his message: “Amalek was first among the nations, but their end will be utter destruction.” In the above text when Balaam takes his ...
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What is the purpose of the virgins girls given to the Lord in Numbers 31?

I read the other question where was explained that the virgin girls that were spare in numbers 31 had the purpose to be given in marriage of Israel people, but the portion given to the Lord? Was for ...
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Was the tribe of Simeon the most affected in Numbers 16:49 & 25:9?

1st census Tribe of Simeon (KJV)Numbers 1:23 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Simeon, were fifty and nine thousand and three hundred. Korah's rebellion (KJV)Numbers 16:49 ...
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'Only those that are clean in thine house shall eat of it.' What does that mean?

And this is thine; the heave offering of their gift, with all the wave offerings of the children of Israel: I have given them unto thee, and to thy sons and to thy daughters with thee, by a statute ...
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Numbers 23:19 Says God doesn't repent, Exodus 32:14 Says He repented?

Numbers 23:19 (KJV) God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? ...
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How was Joshua an attendant to Moses from his youth in Numbers 11:28?

Numbers 11:28 NASB 28 Then Joshua the son of Nun, the attendant of Moses from his youth, said, Moses only stayed for only a year in Egypt after his return from Midian before they left for Canaan ...
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Baal~Peor worship at Shittim

Numbers 25:1-9 (KJV) And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people ...
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In 1 Corinthians 10:5 how should we understand "not well pleased" and "overthrown"?

[1Co 10:5 ASV] (5) Howbeit with most of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. [Num 14:16 KJV] (16) Because the LORD was not able to bring this people into the ...
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Why is the Bible so repetitive?

Some pieces of the Bible are repeated (several times even) without changes. Let's look at the book of Leviticus, especially chapters 13-16, which concerns laws about leprosy, mold, and bodily ...
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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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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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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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Was Balaam a true follower of Yahweh?

The idea that Balaam may have been a true follower (or even prophet) of Yahweh seems troubling on a number of fronts: How could there be a pre-Mosaic Yahweh-worshipper living near the Euphrates (Num ...
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Did God whisper when he spoke to Moses in Numbers 7:89?

Many a times God's voice is described as thunderous & powerful All texts from NASB Numbers 7 [89]Now when Moses went into the tent of meeting to speak with Him, he heard the voice speaking ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why did Moses order female virgins to be kept alive but all others killed in Numbers 31:17-18?

Why did Moses order female virgins to be kept alive but non-virgin females and all males to be killed in Numbers 31:17-18? Is it equal to genocide, gendercide, and/or sexual slavery? Please explain ...
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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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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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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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