Numbers begins with the joyful occasion of Israel accepting the covenant at Mount Sinai and preparing to begin their journey to the promise land. But grumbling soon sets in, and the people of Israel begin a slow trajectory towards rebellion and complaining, and yet constantly encounter God’s grace—even when he disciplines them.
David Stubbs in Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible: Numbers seeks to illuminate this theme as it is presented throughout the book. He understands, as the entire series does, Numbers is Christian Scripture, and as such seeks to illuminate the meaning of the final (Canonical) form of the text. Insightful, and theologically grounded in the tradition of the Nicene Creed, this commentary does not simply explain, it interprets and explains the theology of this much under-studied book of the Bible.
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- Contains an in-depth introduction
- Offers theological analysis of Scripture
- Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Praise for the Print Edition
Stubbs is an able guide as he focuses on the literary shape of the final form of Numbers and its theological implications for the life of the Christian church. . . . Rich and substantive. . . . A sumptuous theological feast.
—Dennis Olson, Charles T. Haley Professor of Old Testament Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
Stubbs’s sophisticated literary approach is just what is needed to engage the interplay of law and narrative in this, the most complex book of the Torah. Moreover, his wide-ranging theological and ecclesial imagination is deeply informed by scripture and the history of its interpretation by both Jews and Christians. Stubbs has opened up the riches of a book that was effectively closed to the church, making it accessible and even indispensable for our journey with God.
—Ellen F. Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of Bible and Practical Theology, Duke Divinity School
- Title: Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible: Numbers
- Author: David L. Stubbs
- Editor: R. R. Reno
- Publisher: Baker
- Publication Date: 2009
- Pages: 272
About David L. Stubbs
David L. Stubbs (PhD, Duke University) is an associate professor of ethics and theology at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, and has worked in college ministries and worship leadership for many years. He is also part of a task force on sacramental practice in the Presbyterian Church.