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The ties that bind in numbers 26-36

O'Brien, Mark (2014) The ties that bind in numbers 26-36. Australian Biblical Review, 62. pp. 1-13. ISSN 0045-0308

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After years of being a somewhat neglected area of Pentateuchal/Torah studies compared to Genesis, Exodus and Deuteronomy, the book of Numbers has recently been enjoying increasing attention. A leading question is whether there is some overall design to the book or is it, as many earlier commentators judged, a loose collection from a number of authors and editors. In relation to this question, a particularly challenging section is chapters 26–36. This article argues there is good evidence that these chapters, although of varied origin, have been carefully assembled and edited to advance two key themes in the book and the larger Torah, namely the promise of descendants (in the emergence of a new generation) and the promise of land (this new generation will inherit the land).

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: book of numbers, Pentateuch/Torah studies, chapters 26-36
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - Biblical Studies, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2015 05:30
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2015 05:31
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1737

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