Numbers

The fourth book of the Bible is Numbers, and like the other four books of the Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy), Numbers was written by Moses (the discussion on this is in the post for Genesis). The name, inspired by the censuses taken in chapters 1 and 26, comes from the Greek Arithmoi, which is the name of the book in the Septuagint. In Hebrew, the name of the book is Bemidbar. Bemidbar translates to "Into the Wilderness," depicting the location of the Israelites throughout the book.

Introduction

The fourth book of the Bible is Numbers, and like the other four books of the Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy), Numbers was written by Moses (the discussion on this is in the post for Genesis). The name, inspired by the censuses taken in chapters 1 and 26, comes from the Greek Arithmoi, which is the name of the book in the Septuagint. In Hebrew, the name of the book is Bemidbar. Bemidbar translates to "Into the Wilderness," depicting the location of the Israelites throughout the book.
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Message and Purpose

When I think of the book of Numbers, I draw a blank, nothing stands out—not people, ideals, nor concepts. I don't remember ever hearing a preacher quote from this book or it being the focus of a Bible Study. I'm excited to dive back in to this book to see what all I've forgotten (apparently I've managed to forget a talking donkey!). I suspect that because I've grown in my faith and become more well read on the books leading up to Numbers since the last time I did any significant Bible study, the book will have more of an impact and leave lasting imprint in my mind this time.

Where Leviticus was concerned with rituals and rules God passed to the Israelites during their journey, Numbers is more concerned with the journey itself. In Numbers we see the ups and downs of the people as they gain and lose faith in God like a yo-yo. We are also given a detailed census, by tribe, of the Israelite men over 20 years old and a layout of the camp site. This book also lays to rest two members of the trio of heroes—Aaron and Miriam—and recounts why they (along with Moses) were denied entry to the promised land.
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People Discussed in Numbers

Prominent Individuals

Moses

Moses is the primary character in Exodus, as well as the author of the Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, Leviticus, and Numbers). While many others had the pleasure of speaking with God before Moses, he is the first to be in God's undisguised physical presence.

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Aaron

The brother of Moses, Aaron and his sons are appointed to the priesthood by God during the Exodus.

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Other Individuals

More information on the significance of these people can be found on the People page.
  1. Shedeur
  2. Elizur
  3. Shelumiel
  4. Zurishaddai
  5. Nahshon
  6. Amminadab
  7. Nethaneel
  8. Zuar
  9. Helon
  10. Eliab
  11. Elishama
  12. Ammihud
  13. Amaliel
  14. Pedazur
  15. Abidan
  16. Gideoni
  17. Ahiezer
  18. Ammishaddai
  19. Pagiel
  20. Ocran
  21. Eliasaph
  22. Deuel
  23. Ahira
  24. Enan

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An Overview of the Book of Numbers

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