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Noth explores the community of the twelve tribes, the organization of the Levites, various divine ordinances, and other important themes in the book of Numbers. Also included is an appendix on daughters' rights of inheritance. The Old Testament Library provides fresh and authoritative treatments of important aspects of Old Testament study through commentaries and general surveys.
Each Old Testament volume is divided into small study units that can be read and understood easily in only a few minutes a day. Written by respected Old Testament authors, each enlightening volume combines the most important results and fascinating insights of modern Old Testament scholarship with practical explanations and illustrations of the text's meaning.
Olsen provides a thoroughly contemporary reading of Numbers that enlightens the modern church as it navigates the contemporary wilderness of pluralism, competing voices, and and shifting foundations. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching is a distinctive resource for those who interpret the Bible in the church.
The Book of Numbers--from the numbering or census of the people in the opening chapters--is a much-neglected part of the Torah which constitutes the heart of Holy Scriptures for Jews, while also forming an integral part of the Bible for Christians. Numbers is a book filled with power struggles, raising questions about who speaks for God, along with personal and communal crises of faith and rumors of revolt. Yet despite the people's blindness and rebelliousness, God remains faithful to the promises made to Israel's ancestors--Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and now Moses--and remains at Israel's side, guiding her slowly but surely to the Promised Land.