Category: Numbers

The Weekly Roundup – 10.11.19

“So, reader be warned. Cultivating sensitivity to Christian anti-Judaism involves re-learning or at least re-thinking a body of material that “everybody knows.” Un-learning and re-learning, in my experience, is always challenging, often annoying, sometimes infuriating.” – Heather Thiessen. @AlchemistNon has constructed a moral argument… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 10.11.19”

The Weekly Roundup – 6.21.19

@andrewmarkhenry of the YouTube channel Religion for Breakfast recently published a short video on the number 666 that appears in Revelation 13:18. Following most scholars, Henry notes that the number is likely an example of gematria, the practice of using the numerical values of… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 6.21.19”

Michael D. Coogan: The Problem of Kadesh

Micheal D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP, 2014), 165-166. Identification of most of the places named [the Priestly portions of Numbers] is very difficult, however; to some extent they are locations that were familiar… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: The Problem of Kadesh”

Michael D. Coogan: The Most Complicated Book of the Pentateuch

Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, third edition (OUP, 2014), 160. Numbers is the most complicated book of the entire Pentateuch, in terms of both its content and its sources. It takes its name from the… Continue Reading “Michael D. Coogan: The Most Complicated Book of the Pentateuch”