Numbers 28 – 30: God Reminds the Israelites About Offerings, and Makes Rules About Vows

Altar of Burnt Offering, illustration for Cassell's Illustrated Family Bible Superior Edition published by Cassell, Petter and Galpin, circa 1880. As Chapter 28 begins, God has decided to have Moses remind the Israelites regarding the guidelines for the different types of offerings they should make to Him. It makes sense, because these are the Israelites…

Numbers 25 – 27: The Second Israelite Census and Zelophehad’s Proto-Feminist Daughters

Illustration of Zelophehad's Daughters from The Bible and Its Story by Charles F. Horne and Julius A. Brewer, published 1908, currently in the Princeton Theological Seminary Library In the previous couple of chapters, the Moabite prophet Balaam has been warning Moabite leaders that the Israelites who are now encroaching on their territory are favored and…

Numbers 13 – 15: The Israelites Condemn Themselves Through Their Cowardliness and Lack of Faith – Again

Israelites Carrying the Grapes of Canaan, Stained Glass Window, created @ 1480, installed in the Pfarrkirche St. Lorenz (St. Lawrence Parish Church), Nuremberg, Germany As Chapter 13 starts, the Israelites have FINALLY reached Canaan, the land that God has promised to be their new forever homeland. Hooray! God tells Moses to send an exploration team…

Numbers 1 – 3: Two Censuses (Censi?)

Image from an etching by Philip James de Loutherbourg from the opening page of Numbers from the Bible published by Thomas Macklin, 1791, currently at The British Museum A new book! Numbers! The name for this chapter in the Christian Bible comes from the Septuagint, the pre-Christian Greek translation of the Torah, and is based…