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The Anchor Yale Bible: Numbers 1–20
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The Anchor Yale Bible: Numbers 1–20


Yale University Press 2008

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The book of Numbers—from the numbering or census of the people in the opening chapters—is a much-neglected part of the Torah, the five books of Moses, which constitutes the heart of Holy Scriptures for Jews, while also forming an integral part of the Bible for Christians.

The book of Numbers is an account of the young would-be nation of Israel’s wanderings in the wilderness after the magnificent event at Sinai, where Moses speaks with God face-to-face and receives the Ten Commandments. Throughout this time of trial, the people complain, sensing the contrast between the relative security of slavery in Egypt, from which they have fled, and the precarious insecurity of freedom in the wilderness.

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. In all, Numbers describes a terrific journey of discipline and dependence upon the God who liberated the Hebrews from bondage in Egypt: a journey to strengthen Israel for the challenge of a new and wondrous land and the battles she will have to fight in order to claim and keep it.

Despite the importance of the book of Numbers, its rich collection of stories is not easily assimilated, even by the most conscientious of readers. As such, it requires the help of an expert guide to thread one’s way through this mixture of interesting episodes and anecdotes on the one hand, and the many lists, prescriptive rules, ritual regulations, and repeated admonitions on the other. Baruch A. Levine shows us the way into this difficult and sometimes forbidding book of the Bible, and we can be confident of our guide, and secure in the knowledge that the one who led us into the thicket will lead us out again into a broad and fair land.

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Key Features

  • Offers original translations, including alternative translations, annotations, and variants
  • Provides verse-by-verse commentary on the text
  • Presents the reader with historical background, including analysis of authorship and dating
  • Features an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary literature


  • Numbers 1–4: Getting Organized
  • Numbers 5: Aspects of Purity
  • Numbers 6: The Vow of the Nazirite, with a Benediction Added
  • Numbers 7: The Consecration of the Tabernacle
  • Numbers 8: The Dedication of the Levites
  • Numbers 9: Two Matters of Cultic Significance
  • Numbers 10:1–28: The Israelites on the March
  • Numbers 10:29–12:16: Encounters and Experiences in the Sinai
  • Numbers 13–14: Unsuccessful Attempts to Penetrate Canaan
  • Numbers 15: Unfinished Cultic Business
  • Numbers 16–17: The Korah Incident
  • Numbers 18: The Duties and Perquisites of the Priests and Levites, a Summary Statement
  • Numbers 19: The Impure Dead
  • Numbers 20: The End of the Wilderness Period—Miriam and Aaron Pass Away

Product Details

  • Title: Numbers 1–20
  • Author: Baruch A. Levine
  • Series: Anchor Yale Bible (AYB)
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication Date: 1993
  • Pages: 544

About Baruch A. Levine

Baruch A. Levine is the Skirball Professor of Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at New York University. Ordained early in his career, eventually he moved from the synagogue to the classroom, shaping a generation of future rabbis, clergy, and scholars. In his long and distinguished career, he has published widely on the books and themes of the Torah, including the volume on Leviticus in the JPS Torah Commentary Collection, available from Logos.