Numbers (Evangelical Press Study Commentary Series)
The place of the book of Numbers in the literary pattern is clear. First of all, it concludes Israel's stay at Sinai, and it prepares the people for the march to the land of promise (1:1 - 10:10). Secondly, the...
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The place of the book of Numbers in the literary pattern is clear. First of all, it concludes Israel's stay at Sinai, and it prepares the people for the march to the land of promise (1:1 - 10:10). Secondly, the book records the actual journey from Sinai to the plains of Moab, and it ends with Israel prepared to launch a campaign into the land of promise. It is telling that the final word of the book is 'Jericho'; this anticipates the book of Joshua, in which the tribes make an assault on the land by first attacking the site of Jericho.^^
Dr. John Currid (Ph.D., Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago) is Carl McMurray Professor of Old Testament at the Charlotte campus of the Reformed Theological Seminary. A graduate in Syro-Palestinian Archaeology, he has extensive archaeological field experience. He was the Director of the Agricultural Project at Tel Halif, Israel; Field Archaeologist of the UNESCO Project at the excavation of Carthage, Tunisia; and staff archaeologist at Tell el-Hesi and Bethsaida, both in Israel.
He has written Genesis vols 1 and 2; Exodus vols 1 and 2; Leviticus and Numbers (Evangelical Press Study Commentary Series), and serves as editor for that series. He has also written two books in the discipline of archaeology Doing Archaeology in the Land of the Bible (Bakerbooks) and Ancient Egypt and the Old Testament (Bakerbooks), and has recently published another book about suffering Why Do I Suffer?: Suffering and the Sovereignty of God (Christian Focus Publications).
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