Book of Numbers
The Book of Numbers tells of the forty years during which the Israelites wandered in the deserts between Egypt and Palestine. The English title, Numbers, is taken from the Greek version and refers to the counting or numbering of the pople. This is recorded in the early chapters, as taking place at the beginning of their wanderings, and then they are renumbered toward the close of he book, when their jorneying draws to an end.
But the Book of Numbers treats many things besides the recording of the numbers, names, and families of the Israelites. Its chief theme seems to be the narrative of the events of all the years in the wilderness which followed after the first year spent at Sinai and the establishment of the Covenant. The book, however, is not wholly narrative Frequent announcements of laws are interspersed amid the story, as though implying that these laws were promulgated at intervals during the forty years. The Book of Numbers thus tells of many scattered matters, bringing everything forward to Deuteronomy, the next, and final section of The Law.
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