Numbers

Numbers chronicles the Israelites’ 40-year journey through the wilderness. It includes additional revelations of the law, and the beginnings of the Israelite military conquests.

  • [Addition: Introduction to Numbers]
  • Numbers 1: Moses takes a census of all eligible soldiers among the Israelites.
  • Numbers 2: Each tribe is assigned a location around the tabernacle.
  • Numbers 3: Levite genealogies are given and the Levite clans are assigned jobs.
  • Numbers 4: Instructions to the Levites for transporting the tabernacle.
  • Numbers 5: Instructions for the trial by ordeal to prove a woman’s adultery.
  • Numbers 6: Rules for making a Nazirite vow.
  • Numbers 7: The tribal leaders make offerings to the sanctuary.
  • Numbers 8: The Levites are consecrated for service to the sanctuary.
  • Numbers 9: Supplemental rules concerning Passover.
  • Numbers 10: Instructions for the use of the silver trumpets.
  • Numbers 11: The Hebrews are punished with quail and Moses delegates.
  • [Addition: The significance of location – inside and outside the camp.]
  • Numbers 12: Miriam and Aaron question Moses’ marriage and leadership.
  • Numbers 13: Scouts are sent into Canaan, but their reports are not optimistic.
  • [Addition: The Rephaim.]
  • Numbers 14: The people rebel and threaten to return to Egypt.
  • [Addition: What’s the deal with Joshua?]
  • Numbers 15: The Sabbath-breaker.
  • Numbers 16: Korah’s rebellion.
  • [Addition: What does it mean to fall on one’s face?]
  • Numbers 17: Aaron’s staff blooms and bears fruit.
  • Numbers 18: Rules regarding the priesthood and tithing.
  • Numbers 19: Rules regarding purification after contact with a corpse.
  • Numbers 20: Drawing water from a stone, and the deaths of Miriam and Aaron.
  • Numbers 21: The Israelites fight battles and Moses builds a healing bronze serpent.
  • Numbers 22: Balak petitions Balaam to curse the Israelites.
  • Numbers 23: The first two of Balaam’s four oracles.
  • Numbers 24: Balaam’s remaining two oracles.
  • Numbers 25: The prohibition of exogamy.
  • Numbers 26: Another census is taken to get an up-to-date roster of eligible soldiers.
  • Numbers 27: Inheritance laws are specified, and Moses sees the promised land.
  • Numbers 28: The cultic calendar and required sacrifices, first part.
  • Numbers 29: The cultic calendar and required sacrifices, second part.
  • Numbers 30: Rules regarding the making of vows, differentiated by gender.
  • Numbers 31: The slaughter of the Midianites.
  • Numbers 32: Gad and Reuben ask to settle the land east of the Jordan river.
  • Numbers 33: Summary of the journey out of Egypt so far.
  • Numbers 34: The boundaries of the ideal Israel are set.
  • [Addition: What are the ephod and teraphim?]
  • Numbers 35: Levites are granted cities, some of which are set aside as refuge.
  • Numbers 36: A supplement to the rules regarding inheritance by women.
  • [Addition: Closing thoughts on Numbers.]

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