Numbers: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary

Numbers: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary

by Mitchel Modine

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The book of Numbers is a misunderstood book of the Bible. It is about a lot more than just numbers. Rather, it is about the people’s journey with God in the desert. The Hebrew title of the book, Bammidbar, means “In the Desert” indicating that the setting is the most important part of the story. The God who delivered his people from Egypt is the same God who will lead them through the wilderness and give them the Promised Land. But as the book of Numbers shows us, often it is through the experience of being in a desert that God fulfils his purpose. It is the same thing for God’s people today. This commentary opens up the value of this often overlooked Old Testament book to those who find themselves or their churches in a barren place but with the presence of the Lord alongside them. The Asia Bible Commentary Series empowers Christian believers in Asia to read the Bible from within their respective contexts. Holistic in its approach to the text, each exposition of the biblical books combines exegesis and application. The ultimate goal is to strengthen the Body of Christ in Asia by providing pastoral and contextual exposition of every book of the Bible.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783684151
Publisher: Langham Creative Projects
Publication date: 05/06/2018
Series: Asia Bible Commentary Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 216
File size: 394 KB

About the Author

Mitchel Modine has lived and worked in Asia for ten years. He holds a PhD in Old Testament from Drew University, New Jersey, USA. He is a faculty member of Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary and the Asia Graduate School of Theology, and he has taught students in four Asian countries and the USA. He is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. He is the author of three other books, including commentaries on Jeremiah 26-52 and 1-2 Chronicles. He has contributed articles to both popular and scholarly collections. He and his wife, a native of the Philippines, live in Mega Manila.

Table of Contents


Series Preface

Author’s Preface


List of Abbreviations


Commentary on Numbers 1–36



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Balaam the Shaman

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