After the Balaam narratives (Numbers 22-24), another incident is recorded in the Book of Numbers. This incident is known to the Biblical writers as the “matter of Peor” and even as the “iniquity of Peor.” What took place at Peor? Our sources seem to be drawing on different accounts, at times referring to the daughters/women of Moab and at times to Midianite women. In any case, the events recorded in Numbers’ final chapters occur at the end of the forty-year wilderness journey. In this class, we survey our sources to make sense of some of the confusion and to prepare for our forthcoming study of the bible’s Book of Deuteronomy.

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