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Book of Numbers

fourth book of the Bible

Origin of nameEdit

The book is called Numbers because at the start God ordered a counting of the people (a census) in the twelve tribes of Israel. After counting all the men who are over twenty and fit to fight, the Israelites began to travel in well-ordered divisions, with God in the middle of the Ark of the Covenant.

In Hebrew, the book is called Bmidbar (בַּמִּדְבָּר), which means 'in a desert.' This is because Moses and his friends wandered in a desert for 40 years. When the people found that Israel was filled with strong and powerful people of other races, they became scared and rebelled against God and Moses. Therefore, God punished them by making the Israelites travel forty years before they could settle in Israel, the promised land.

What happenedEdit

Moses and his friends are escaping Egypt. They travel through Sinai. Some people complain, insult God, insult Moses. God punishes them. They send 12 spies to see what the promised land, Israel is like. Two came back saying it is nice. Ten came back saying it is not nice and filled with "giants". So the Israelites do not go. God becomes angry and punishes them. They have to wander the desert for 40 years.

Some people complain about God, and God punishes them (e.g. by giving one leprosy, a nasty disease). The Levites help Moses make a prayer at the tabernacle.

Moses and the gang set for Moab, on the eastern border of Canaan (the promised land). The Israelites become thirsty and blame Moses for lack of water. God tells Moses to talk to a rock. Moses says no. God punishes them by preventing them from entering the promised land. They try to find another way. Aaron dies. The Israelites curse at God. They are then attacked by nasty fiery flying serpents. God creates another serpent (the Nehushtan) to get rid of those fiery snakes.

The Israelites arrive at Moab. Moses names Joshua the new leader. The land is divided between various tribes.

NotesEdit

  1. Hebrew: בַּמִּדְבָּר‎, Bamidbar, meaning in the desert

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