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Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching Numbers


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The book of Numbers is the story of the people of Israel in the wilderness as they departed from slavery in Egypt to the freedom of the promised land of Canaan. It contains a variety of materials relating to this transition from the old generation of Israel to the new, including stories and laws, census lists, instructions for worship, reports of military battles, and accounts of legal disputes. Numbers chronicles a community faced with many competing interests, groups, and issues, endeavoring to define itself and its mission in the world. Dennis Olson offers readers a comprehensive interpretation of this often overlooked book. He provides a thoroughly contemporary reading of Numbers that enlightens the modern church as it navigates the contemporary wilderness of pluralism, competing voices, and shifting foundations in the journey toward the twenty-first century.

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The Interpretation series from Westminster John Knox Press is clearly established as a rich source for teaching and preaching. They have tapped the talents of a varied and esteemed group of contributors, resulting in what is clearly the essential comprehensive commentary series on the Bible.

—W. Eugene March, A.B. Rhodes Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

The Interpretation series is an invaluable resource for any leader or scholar interested in interpreting the biblical text to the broader church. Its works are essential for pastors, educators, and church libraries.

—Brian K. Blount, President and Professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary

  • Title: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching Numbers
  • Author: Dennis T. Olson
  • Publisher: John Knox Press
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Pages: 196

Dennis Olson, Princeton Theological Seminary’s Charles T. Haley Professor of Old Testament Theology and Chair of the Biblical Studies Department, earned his MDiv from Luther Theological Seminary and his MA and PhD from Yale University. An ordained Lutheran minister, he has chaired the Convocation of Teaching Theologians for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. His research interests include the Pentateuch, the exegesis of Genesis and Exodus, Old Testament theology, and the relationship of biblical theology and the practice of ministry. Olson has served as a general acquisitions editor for the Society of Biblical Literature, a member of the Society of Biblical Literature Pentateuch steering committee, and he is currently the Pentateuch general editor for a 30-volume project titled, The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (Walter de Gruyter).


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