The Message of Numbers

Item Number: 083-082-4281
Manufacturer SKU: 978-0-8308-2428-1

Numbers is one of the "lost" books of the Bible—lost because it is neglected by many Christians.

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Named for its two "numberings," or censuses, of Israel—the generation that left Egypt and the generation that entered the land of promise—Numbers frames a fascinating account of the pilgrim people Israel learning to trust God.

Readers are frequently puzzled by the dazzling variety of literature that makes up this book and wonder how to make sense of the whole. But in this thorough exposition of Numbers, Raymond Brown discloses the careful design and message of Numbers. He shows how God provides for the basic needs of the ideal life: to be loved, to be free, to be certain. Further, Brown highlights the rich theological themes of Numbers, untangles its meaning for today's readers and shows its enduring relevance for God's people.

Tidball reveals the message brought to the Jews by Leviticus in their day, making room for us to grasp its message to us in our day.


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Part 1: Getting Ready (1:1-10:10)
1. God's People Prepare (1:1-2:34)
2. Community Servants (3:1-4:49)
3. Keeping the Camp Clean (5:1-31)
4. Short-Term Voluntary Service (6:1-21)
5. Inherited Riches (6:22-27)
6. Giving and Receiving the Best (7:1-89)
7. Israel's Role Models (8:1-26)
8. Three-Dimensional Grace (9:1-10:10)

Part 2: Setting Out (10:11-12:16)
9. Sharing Good Things (10:11-36)
10. Leadership Issues (11:1-35)
11. Disloyal Colleagues (12:1-16)

Part 3: Drawing Back (13:1-14:45)
12. Giants or Grapes? (13:1-33)
13. Israel's Sleepless Night (14:1-45)

Part 4: Marking Time (15:1-25:18)
14. When God Speaks Again (15:1-41)
15. More Leadership Tensions (16:1-50)
16. Kept as a Sign (17:1-18:32)
17. The Perils of Pollution (19:1-22)
18. Coping with Crisis (20:1-21:3)
19. Life for a Look (21:4-9)
20. The March to Moab (21:10-35)
21. Seeing with the Seer (2:1-24:25)
22. A Tragic Sequel (25:1-18)

Part 5: Pressing On (26:1-36:13)
23. Facing a Different Future (26:1-65)
24. Human Rights and Divine Commands (27:1-11)
25. Leadership Lifestyles (27:12-23)
26. Variations on a Majestic Theme (28:1-29:40)
27. Keeping Promises and Identifying Dangers (30:1-31:54)
28. Alternative Destinies (32:1-42)
29. Recollections and Resolutions (33:1-56)
30. Generous Provision (34:1-36:13)

Located in Westmont, Illinois, InterVarsity Press has been publishing excellent Christian books for more than 50 years. Our current publishing program is focused on three imprints: 1) IVP Books offers general-interest books in categories like Christian living, discipleship, evangelism, missions, apologetics and cultural critique. 2) IVP Academic offers books designed for research and classroom use in areas such as biblical studies, theology, philosophy, science and psychology. 3) IVP Connect offers study guides, multimedia curriculum and foundational resources for churches and small groups.

  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Author: Raymond Brown
  • Pages: 310
  • Format: Paperback
  • Publication Date: July 2002

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