Numbers: An Introduction and Commentary

Numbers: An Introduction and Commentary

by Gordon J. Wenham
     
 

"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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780877842545
Publisher:
InterVarsity Press
Publication date:
09/28/1981
Series:
Tyndale Old Testament Commentary Series, #4
Edition description:
1st edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
4.84(w) x 7.26(h) x 0.71(d)

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