Wenham states that the purpose of this guide is to introduce modern readers to a book that, at first glance, appears droll and unexciting, but upon further reading and reflection, contains some of the most gripping stories in Scripture. The book of Numbers is comprised of stories containing humor, magic, prophecy, drama, solemn ritual and practical laws, yet many miss these interesting tales by failing to press through the droll beginning. The author examines this vital volume in six chapters entitled “The Arrangement of Numbers,” “The Genres of Numbers,” “The Sources of Numbers,” “Numbers and History,” “The Theology of Numbers,” and “Later Interpretation of Numbers.”
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“This surely makes it plain that the editor of Numbers conceived it as a work analogous to Leviticus.” (Page 15)
“More promising for an insight into the book’s arrangement are analyses based on the geographical setting” (Page 16)
“What does Numbers say about God and his relationship to Israel? What is its theme and how does it relate to the broader context of the Pentateuch?” (Page 12)
“Numbers is preoccupied with the fulfilment of the land promise: Canaan is the goal to which Israel is driving.” (Page 27)