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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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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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How to reconcile Matthew 5:19 and Matthew 5:34 and Numbers 30:2 on the issue of swearing oaths?

Numbers 30: 2 If a man makes a vow to the LORD or swears an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word; he must do everything he has promised. Matthew 5: 33“Again, you have ...
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Numbers 27:18 the Spirit already in Joshua before Moses laid his hand on him?

Numbers 27:18 New International Version: So the LORD said to Moses, “Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit of leadership, and lay your hand on him. Berean Study Bible: And the LORD ...
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In Numbers 15:34, Why was a מִשְׁמָר Guard allowed to work on the Sabbath Day?

While בַּמִּדְבָּ֑ר In-the-Desert [Bamidbar] or "Numbers" chapter 15 verses 33-34, we notice Guards are permitted to work (provide security) on the Sabbath. "[34] They put him under-...
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How do you reconcile Deuteronomy 24:16 and Numbers 14:18?

Deuteronomy 24:16 Parents are not to be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their parents; each will die for their own sin. Numbers 14:18 The LORD is slow to anger, ...
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We are told about "Nephilim" in Num. 13:32-33. Why might some interpret them as inhuman (Gen. 6:4)?

In the Book of Numbers, we read about the "sons of Anak being part of the Nephilim." These were "men of great size" as described in the text (13:32): Numbers 13:32-33: "So ...
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Was it a theophany in Numbers 22:25?

Numbers 22:25 New International Version When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, it pressed close to the wall, crushing Balaam’s foot against it. So he beat the donkey again. Did the donkey see a ...
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Why did half the tribe of Manasseh also get land on the east side of the Jordan?

The half of the tribe of Manasseh, along with Reuben and Gad, had their territory assigned them by Moses on the east of the Jordan (Numbers 33), but this was done after only Reuben and Gad had asked ...
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What law was broken to have stoning called upon in Numbers 14:10?

In reply or response to the people of Israel complaining that they'd rather go back to Egypt and not go into the promised land because they had seen that the inhabitants were bigger than they were, ...
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Did Israel return to Mount Hor after destroying the king of Arad in the Negev in Numbers 21?

It is said they set out of Kadesh and came to Mount Hor were Aaron died Numbers 20:22 NLT 22 The whole community of Israel left Kadesh and arrived at Mount Hor. 23 There, on the border of the land of ...
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Did the second census in Numbers 26:29,44 include women?

In the following texts it seems some women were also mentioned among clans of Israel in the second census Numbers 26:29 NKJV 33 Now Zelophehad the son of Hepher had no sons, but daughters; and the ...
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Numbers 22:20 - "Since" or "if"?

Lots of translations translate Numbers 22:20 as: That night God came to Balaam and said, “Since these men have come to summon you, get up and go with them, but you must only do what I tell you.” ...
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Did Jesus become unclean in Matthew 9:25?

Numbers 19:11 Whoever touches the dead body of any person shall be unclean seven days. Matthew 9: 23 When Jesus entered the synagogue leader’s house and saw the noisy crowd and people playing pipes,...
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Why did God order that women were to be kept alive in Numbers 31:15-18, my Atheist friend told me that it’s referring to sex slavery is that true?

15 And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive? 16 Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the Lord in the matter of Peor,...
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How would Christians answer Dan Barker? [closed]

Yesterday I came across an article by Dan Barker titled: "the top 10 worst Old Testament verses" in his article Mr. Barker, an Evangelical turned Atheist quoted many verses to prove his ...
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Are Moses (Numbers 11:29) and Paul (1 Corinthians 14) talking about the same type of prophecies?

Moses: 29 And Moses saith to him, `Art thou zealous for me? O that all Jehovah's people were prophets! that Jehovah would put His Spirit upon them!' (Numbers 11:29 YLT) Paul: Pursue the love, and ...
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Was faith required to be healed in Numbers 21:8?

Numbers 21: 8 The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” 9So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was ...
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Was the woman not further charged with adultery after having been proved to be impure in Number 5:27?

Numbers 5:27 NIV . 27 If she has made herself impure and been unfaithful to her husband, this will be the result: When she is made to drink the water that brings a curse and causes bitter suffering, ...
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At which point did God try to destroy the Israelites whilst they were in Egypt as alluded in Ezekiel 20:8?

Ezekiel 20:8 NIV 8 “‘But they rebelled against me and would not listen to me; they did not get rid of the vile images they had set their eyes on, nor did they forsake the idols of Egypt. So I said I ...
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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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Is Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac also a prefiguration of the law for redeeming firstborn sons from God?

Every firstborn son belongs to God and must be redeemed. This law is repeated several times in the Pentateuch. For example: Ex 13:11-13: 11 “This is what you must do when the Lord fulfills the ...
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In the suspected case of an unfaithful wife (Numbers 5:11-31) why is the husband not punished?

In the suspected case of unfaithful wife 'the husband is said to be innocent' even after the wife have been proved to be innocent after under going the test. Numbers 5:11-15 NIV 11 Then the Lord said ...
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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 were Eldad and Medad not rebuked for remaining in the camp contrary to Moses' instructions (Num. 11:24-26)?

In the Book of Numbers we read about Moses and the seventy elders of Israel gathering before the LORD, all of whom prophesied as a result of the Spirit: Numbers 11:24-26: "So Moses went out and ...
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Did Hobab leave Moses in Numbers 10:29-31?

Numbers 10:29-31 NIV 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 ...
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Does Ezekiel 7:10 allude to Numbers 17:8?

Ezekiel 7:10 New International Version "'See, the day! See, it comes! Doom has burst forth, the rod has budded, arrogance has blossomed! Numbers 17:8 And it came to pass, that on the morrow ...
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Is Psalm 106:14-15 referring to general overall quasi-collective summarization of Israelites numerous quarrels with God Or is it more specific?

I might be just asking the obvious or maybe I'm just being unnecessarily nit-picky but which plague among the Israelites is Psalm 106:14-15 discussing about? The surrounding scripture verses (Psalm ...
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What is the significance of the blue cloth mentioned in Numbers chapter 4? [duplicate]

Numbers 4: 5-12 describes the procedures to be undertaken before the Tent of Meeting could be moved. The first mention of the ark of the testimony is in Exodus 25:10. I realise these most holy items ...
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In Numbers 30:15 - Does the Husband become "sinful" when revoking His wife's prohibitions?

In [Numbers 30], a punishment appears to be enforced upon an Israeli Husband who revokes his wife's vows to God. The Torah offers a merciful condition for a wife whose prohibitions [vows to God for ...
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Wouldn't a relative of Naboth inherit his vineyard after he dies?

Numbers 27:8“Say to the Israelites, ‘If a man dies and leaves no son, give his inheritance to his daughter. 9If he has no daughter, give his inheritance to his brothers. 10If he has no brothers, give ...
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How to reconcile Philippians 2:5-8 with Numbers 23:19 and Hosea 11:9?

Philippians 2:5-8 is commonly interpreted by many as a description of the incarnation of Jesus: 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of ...
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How Did Moses Build The Bronze Serpent and How Long Did It Take For Him To Do It? [closed]

How Did Moses Build The Bronze Serpent and How Long Did It Take For Him To Do It? Numbers 21:1-9 And when king Arad the Canaanite, which dwelt in the south, heard tell that Israel came by the way of ...
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what does "bore out eyes" at Numbers 16:14 mean?

In Numbers 16:14, the question is asked "would you bore out the eyes of those men" could this reference the imperfections of Moses and Aaron that the assembly could see?
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1 Samuel 15 and the fulfillment of Numbers 24

In 1 Samuel 15:1-3 (NASB) Then Samuel said to Saul, “The Lord sent me to anoint you as king over His people, over Israel; now therefore, listen to the words of the Lord. 2 This is what the Lord of ...
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Based on Numbers 19:11, was Moses unclean during the splitting of יַם־ס֑וּף Yam-Suf?

In Exodus 13:19, we read that after the Passover : "Moses took Joseph's bones with him" ( וַיִּקַּ֥ח משֶׁ֛ה אֶת־עַצְמ֥וֹת יוֹסֵ֖ף עִמּ֑וֹ ). Did Moshe actually touch the bones of Yosef? In ...
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Did the Levites fight in David's wars?

According to 1 Chronicles 12 some Levites went to join David in his fight against raiding parties and turning the kingdom over to him. 1 Chronicles 12:26 NIV 26 from Levi—4,600, 27 including Jehoiada, ...
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Permanent Statutes in the OT [closed]

I was reading Num 19:10 and it says that the law would be a permanent "statute" (KJV). The man who gathers up the ashes of the heifer must also wash his clothes, and he too will be unclean ...
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Was there a specific place outside the camp were the red heifer was slaughtered in Numbers 19:1-3?

Numbers 19:1-3 NASB 19 Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 2 “This is the statute of the law which the Lord has commanded, saying, ‘Speak to the sons of Israel that they bring you an ...
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Is Numbers 11:17-25 evidence that the Holy Spirit is a distributable, fragmentable substance?

I was reading this Biblical Unitarian article that explains their views regarding the Holy Spirit. One particular view they hold is the "gift of God's nature" interpretation, according to ...
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(Numbers 21:16) Which well is this?

(Numbers 21:16) From there they continued to Beer; that is the well of which the Lord said to Moses, “Gather the people together, and I will give them water.” I cannot find the reference for this ...
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Exodus Population to Numbers Census?

I have a bit of a complicated question about the population of the Israelites at the time of the Exodus and then at the time of the first census. J.W. Wenham (see here https://legacy.tyndalehouse.com/...
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Did Moses blame the people for his not being able to enter the promised land?

According to Moses: English Standard Version Deuteronomy 1:37 Even with me [Moses] the LORD was angry on your account and said, ‘You also shall not go in there. According to God: Numbers 20:12 But ...
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Do priests also carry the ark?

In Joshua 3:3 (NASB) and they commanded the people, saying, “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God with the Levitical priests carrying it, then you shall set out from your place ...
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What specifically were the articles of the sanctuary mentioned in Numbers 31:6?

Numbers 31:6 New International Version Moses sent them into battle, a thousand from each tribe, along with Phinehas son of Eleazar, the priest, who took with him articles from the sanctuary and the ...
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Could a faithful barren wife take the Adultery Test in order to bear children?

Numbers 5:27 When he has made her drink the water, if she has defiled herself and been unfaithful to her husband, then the water that brings a curse will enter her and cause bitter suffering; her ...
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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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Did Korah demand to join the priesthood?

Numbers 16:1 Korah son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and certain Reubenites—Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth—became insolent a 2and rose up against Moses. With ...
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