The fourth book of the Pentateuch is known to the English-speaking, non-Jewish world as the Book of Numbers. The Hebrew title for the book is BaMidbar – במדבר, which means “in the wilderness.” It begins with a rather detailed census of the children of Israel and this seems to have led to the Greek Bible’s use of Arithmoi (Numbers) as a title for the book, but the Book of Numbers is about much more than numbers. The children of Israel remained at Horeb/Sinai for approximately one year and this year is covered in the Pentateuch from Exodus 17 to Numbers 10. In the tenth chapter of Numbers, we read that Israel finally left the Mountain of God on their journey to the Promised Land. In this introductory class, a foundation is laid to track the geography and chronology of the wilderness wanderings.


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