Numbers: An Introduction and Commentary, By Gordon J. Wenham
  • Length: 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: July 07, 2008
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 4204
  • ISBN: 9780830842049

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"Guide me, O Thou Great Jehovah" is one of the best-known hymns in the world. Yet the book of numbers, whose story that hymn summarizes, is seldom read. Why?

"Its very title puts the modern reader off," writes Gordon Wenham. "In ancient time numbers were seen as mysterious and symbolic, a key to reality and the mind of God himself. Today they are associated with computers and the depersonalization that threatens our society."

In his effort to bridge the great gulf between the book and our age, Wenham first explains the background of Numbers, discussing its structure, sources, date and authorship as well as its theology and Christian use. A passage-by-passage analysis follows, which draws useful insights on Old Testament ritual from modern social anthropology.

The original, unrevised text of this volume has been completely retypeset and printed in a larger, more attractive format with the new cover design for the series..

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General Preface
Author's Preface
Chief Abbreviations
Title and Contents
Date and Authorship
The Hebrew Text of Numbers
Problems of Interpreting Numbers
The Theology of Numbers
The Christian Use of Numbers
Additional Notes
The Large Numbers
The History of the Priests and Levites
The Sources in Numbers 13-14
the Source Analysis of chapters 16-17
Old Testament Sacrifice
The Route of the Israelites
The Route of the Isrealites from Goshen to Kadesh (Nu. 33)
The Conquest of Transjordan (Nu. 33)
The Borders of Canaan and the Mission of the Spies (Nu. 34:1-12)


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Gordon J. Wenham

Gordon J. Wenham is lecturer in Old Testament at Trinity College, Bristol. He was formerly professor of Old Testament at the University of Gloucestershire. He is a recognized expert on the Pentateuch and has written commentaries on Genesis, Leviticus, and Numbers in addition to numerous studies in the Old Testament.