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Why Did Moses Separate the Virgins and Non-Virgins of Midian?

| May 21, 2015

In Numbers 31:18, Moses commands the officers of the army to kill all the women who have had sex and only keep alive the girls who are virgins. What is going here? Why would Moses give this command? In order to understand this verse, we first have to understand the background. The Midianites, under the […]

Commentary on Numbers 25-31 (Vengeance on the Midianites)

| May 18, 2015

Following the prophecies of Balaam in chapters 22-24, the author of Numbers, in chapter 25, records the last rebellion against God before the Israelites enter the Promised Land. Verses 1-4 describe the catastrophe that occurred. The Israelite men are seduced by Moabite (and also Midianite, as we’ll learn later) women. These women, by the thousands, […]

Commentary on Numbers 22-23 (Balak Hires Balaam)

| May 11, 2015

The Israelites have traveled around the borders of Edom and have arrived in the land of Moab, across the Jordan River from the city of Jericho. As they traveled, they encountered two kings who attacked them: Sihon, king of the Amorites, and Og, king of Bashan. Both armies were completely defeated by the Israelites. Having […]

Commentary on Numbers 20 (Water from the Rock)

| May 6, 2015

The narrative skips over the next 37 years of wandering in the wilderness to the beginning of the last year before the Israelites would enter the Promised Land. This is where chapter 20 picks up the story. In verse 1, we learn that after wandering for almost 38 years, the Israelites have returned to Kadesh, […]

Why Does God Order the Killing of Canaanite Livestock?

| May 4, 2015

During the conquest of Canaan, the Israelites were sometimes commanded to kill all the domesticated animals living among the Canaanites. Why would God command this? The simple answer is this: the Canaanites were having sexual relations with their animals. OK, I know this is totally disgusting to us moderns, but that is how it was […]

What Are the Main Problems with the Documentary Hypothesis?

| April 29, 2015

Proponents of the various versions of the Documentary Hypothesis believe there must be 4 or more authors of the Pentateuch for several reasons, but the three most common are: Some texts in Genesis refer to God as Yahweh, whereas others call him Elohim. A single author would not use two different names for God. The […]

Commentary on Numbers 16-17 (Korah’s Rebellion)

| April 27, 2015

The Israelites are now wandering in the wilderness for 38 years because of their refusal to take possession of the Promised Land. The events of chapters 16 and 17 take place some time during this time period, but the author does not tell us exactly when. Once again, the leadership of Moses and Aaron is […]

Commentary on Numbers 13-14 (Israel Refuses to Enter Canaan)

| April 22, 2015

Since leaving Mount Sinai, the Israelites have traveled a few months toward the land of Canaan, or the Promised Land. They’ve arrived at the southern border of the Promised Land and are camped there. Verses 1-3 of chapter 13 indicate that God commands Moses to send out 12 representatives of each tribe of Israel to […]

Why Don’t We Know the Exact Route of the Exodus?

| April 17, 2015

The Bible describes the place-names and geography of the route that Israel took from Egypt to the plains of Moab, across from the city of Jericho, during the 40 years in the wilderness. So why is it that archaeologists and biblical scholars cannot agree on the exact route that was taken? Gordon Wenham, in his […]

Commentary on Numbers 9-10 (The Israelites Leave Sinai)

| April 15, 2015

As we pick up in chapter 9 of Numbers, Moses reminds the reader of the presence of God in the cloud above the tabernacle. On the first day the tabernacle was completed (first day of the second year of the exodus, or 1445 BC), the cloud covered it (recall Exodus 40:34). Verses 15-23 in chapter […]

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