The Message of Numbers: Journey to the Promised Land, By Raymond Brown
The Message of Numbers
  • Length: 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: February 01, 2022
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: A0459
  • ISBN: 9781514004593

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What does it mean to be pilgrims in a confusing world? What vision of the good life drives us?

In this Bible Speaks Today volume, Raymond Brown explores how the book of Numbers offers a picture of a better life. He shows how its message is eminently suited to our world today, a world without firm spiritual and moral foundations. Numbers pictures life as an accompanied journey, and not a meaningless maze. We see how God provides for the basic needs of life: to be loved, to be free, to be certain.

Part of the beloved Bible Speaks Today series, The Message of Numbers offers an insightful, readable exposition of the biblical text and thought-provoking discussion of how its meaning relates to contemporary life. Used by students and teachers around the world, The Bible Speaks Today commentaries are ideal for those studying or preaching the Bible and anyone who wants to delve deeper into the text.

This revised edition of a classic volume features lightly updated language, current NIV Scripture quotations, and a new interior design.


General preface
Author’s preface
Chief abbreviations
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A. Getting ready (1:1—10:10)
B. Setting out (10:11—12:16)
C. Drawing back (13:1—14:45)
D. Marking time (15:1—25:18)
E. Pressing on (26:1—36:13)


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Raymond Brown was formerly principal of Spurgeon's College in London, England, and he has also served in several pastorates. He is the author of Philosophy of Religion, Why Believe?, and several volumes in IVP's Bible Speaks Today series.