First problem is ones understanding of ‘salvation’. In the Old Testament we see it comes down to being ‘seen’ as righteous. For their ( the children of Israel.) Father, Abraham, Righteousness came via ‘faith’, believing God. For the Israelites, due to their ‘stiff necked’ self righteousness, the Law was introduced, an alternative means to righteousness, ...
Exodus 31:1 Then the LORD said to Moses, 2“See, I have called by name Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability, and knowledge in all kinds of craftsmanship, 4to design artistic works in gold, silver, and bronze, 5 to cut gemstones for settings, and to carve wood, so that he ...
Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary
first begotten; first fruits
It could be a common name, so the two Becher's could be different individuals.
On the other hand,
Easton's Bible Dictionary offers this explanation:
First-born; a youth, the second son of Benjamin (Genesis 46:21), who came down to Egypt with ...
In Genesis 46, Becher is listed as the son of Benjamin when Jacob comes to live in Egypt with the rest of the family at the behest of Joseph, now the second-highest person in Egypt.
In Numbers 26, Becher is listed as one of the family heads just before the nation of Israel enters the Promised Land.
What is the timeframe? We are looking at more the 400 years ...
The solution to this is actually quite simple and does not need any imaginative theories.
The duration of the plague in Num 25 is not stated but it must have lasted more than one day with a total of 24,000 people dying, according to Num 25:8.
All that Paul says in 1 Cor 10:8 is that 23,000 died in one day. The other 1000 people may have died on the previous ...
Numbers 25:4 The Lord said to Moses, “Take all the leaders of these people, kill them and expose them in broad daylight before the Lord, so that the Lord’s fierce anger may turn away from Israel.”
5 So Moses said to Israel’s judges, “Each of you must put to death those of your people who have yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor.”
9 but those who died in the ...
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Numbers 34:13 Moses commanded the Israelites: “Assign this land by lot as an inheritance. The Lord has ordered that it be given to the nine-and-a-half tribes, 14because the families of the tribe of Reuben, the tribe of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh have received their inheritance.
In Numbers 34:16-29, two tribes are missing: ...
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Numbers 25:1 While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women, 2who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods. The people ate the sacrificial meal and bowed down before these gods. 3So Israel yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor.
It was sin upon sin and the worse of sin: ...
It appears that both the NRSV and the ESV have similar marginal references about this.
The Cambridge Bible commentary offers this explanation:
Or number the fourth part of Israel] involves a necessary emendation, the Heb. text (represented in R.V. marg.) being scarcely
For ‘the fourth part’ (רֹבַע) some would read ‘the myriads’ (רִבְבֹת),
"dust cloud" as a translation option to render the Hebrew word רֹ֣בַע (rō·ḇa‘) in Num 23:10 was based on the discovery of an Akkadian cognate of רֹ֣בַע (see Anchor Yale Commentary quote below). The Akkadian language was deciphered in the 19th century. The first volumes of the standard Akkadian dictionary were published in 1956 continuing to 2011 ...
The following response simply adds some clarification to the response of Daniel L and is based on the same texts with some added nuances.
The proof (or support) that Aaron's staff is identical with Moses' staff is not found in the Numbers text, but is strongly suggested by the Exodus text. The following sequence of verses suggest the following three are the ...
It was the "rod of God" that was used. This rod is the same rod which Moses originally had when confronting the burning bush, and which Aaron initially carried to work miracles before Pharaoh.
And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.
And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ...
Between Moses and the atoning cover was the curtain.
But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.
No exception, not even Moses. That is until Jesus shed his blood on the cross.
Matthew 27:50 And when ...
1 While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with the daughters of Moab
One of them was Cozbi, the daughter of Zur, a tribal chief of a Midianite family. Zimri son of Salu, the leader of a Simeonite family, indulged in sex with her.
Cozbi invited Zimri to her idol worship.
2 [The Moabite daughters] ...
Which are the other tests/complaints mentioned in Numbers 14:22?
That assumes it existed really/only 10 times.
Another interpretation of that passage is the 10 are a stylistic feature to mean many times.
The same happens for instance in Genesis 31:7 (NASB)
Yet your father has cheated me and changed my wages ten times; however, God did not allow him to do ...
Rashi resolves this by bringing in a 3rd text (besides the Number text and the Judges text already mentioned). In Exodus 2:18-21
18 When they (the 7 sisters) came to their father Reuel, he said, “Why have you come back so soon today?” 19 They said, “An Egyptian saved us from the shepherds, and what is more, he even drew water for us and watered the flock.” ...
They are to eat [the lamb],
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 398: To eat
Does Numbers 9:11-12 assume the existence of the roasted lamb?
Yes, it is implied by the grammar and the context.
12 They shall not leave any of it until morning, nor break a bone of it;
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Numbers5:29 ‘This is the law of jealousy: when a wife, who is under the authority of her husband, goes astray and defiles herself, 30or when an attitude of jealousy comes over a man and he is jealous of his wife, he shall then have the woman stand before the LORD, and the priest shall apply all of this law to her. 31The man, moreover, ...
Why was רְעוּאֵֽל Reuel changed to דְּעוּאֵֽל Deuel in Numbers?
The Hebrew name רְעוּאֵֽל Reuel is declared in Numbers / Bamidbar 2:14 but this title was changed by Masoretic scribes to דְּעוּאֵֽל Deuel in Numbers / Bamidbar 10:20 [MT].
Numbers 2:14 [MT]
“And the tribe of Gad. Chieftain of the Gadites: Eliasaph son of Reuel.” ( וּמַטֵּ֖ה גָּ֑ד וְנָשִׂיא֙ ...
In Num 1:14, the operative word is דְּעוּאֵֽל = "Deuel". Paradoxically, the LXX has Ῥαγουήλ = "Ragouel".
In Num 2:14 we have רְעוּאֵֽל = "Reuel". In the LXX we have Ῥαγουήλ = "Ragouel".
It is possible that the LXX used a different text. However, it is also possible we have simple copyist's error as the Hebrew &...
There are different kinds of service being discussed. In Num 8.24:
those 50 and over will return from:
tseva ha avodath --> "the work of the service"
Whereas those 25 and older will:
tsevo tsavah ba avodath --> "serve the service in the work"
Rashi suggests that they are in fact studying for five years:
מבן חמש ...