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Numbers Episodes

The book of Numbers (from Greek Ἀριθμοί, Arithmoi; Hebrew: בְּמִדְבַּר, Bəmīḏbar, "In the desert [of]") is the fourth book of the Hebrew Bible, and the fourth of five books of the Jewish Torah. The book has a long and complex history; its final form is possibly due to a Priestly redaction (i.e., editing) of a Yahwistic source made some time in the early Persian period (5th century BCE). The name of the book comes from the two censuses taken of the Israelites.

Numbers begins at Mount Sinai, where the Israelites have received their laws and covenant from God and God has taken up residence among them in the sanctuary. The task before them is to take possession of the Promised Land. The people are counted and preparations are made for resuming their march. The Israelites begin the journey, but they "grumble" at the hardships along the way, and about the authority of Moses and Aaron. For these acts, God destroys approximately 15,000 of them through various means. They arrive at the borders of Canaan and send spies into the land. Upon hearing the spies' fearful report concerning the conditions in Canaan, the Israelites refuse to take possession of it. God condemns them to death in the wilderness until a new generation can grow up and carry out the task. The book ends with the new generation of Israelites in the "plains of Moab" ready for the crossing of the Jordan River.

Numbers is the culmination of the story of Israel's exodus from oppression in Egypt and their journey to take possession of the land God promised their fathers. As such it draws to a conclusion the themes introduced in Genesis and played out in Exodus and Leviticus: God has promised the Israelites that they shall become a great (i.e. numerous) nation, that they will have a special relationship with Yahweh their god, and that they shall take possession of the land of Canaan. Numbers also demonstrates the importance of holiness, faithfulness and trust: despite God's presence and his priests, Israel lacks in faith and the possession of the land is left to a new generation.

October 26, 2021

Numbers Chapters 22 - 23 Q&A

Husband and Wife answer questions about prophets in general and Balaam in particular. We learn more about foreskins and dreams. Thank you for stopping by Sacrilegious Discourse - Bible Study for Atheists! Check out these link...

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October 21, 2021

Numbers Chapters 22 - 23 Bible Study for Atheists

Husband and Wife cover Numbers chapter 22: Balak Sends for Balaam / The Angel and Balaam's Ass / Balaam Blesses Israel; and chapter 23: Balaam Blesses Israel (cont.). God hardcore gaslights Balaam and we lose our collective s...

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October 19, 2021

Numbers Chapters 20 - 21 Q&A

Husband and Wife answer questions about Moses' punishment, as well as the Caduceus. In a shocking twist, we learn that God is a dick. Also, it turns out we weren't even talking about the right stick. Thank you for stopping by...

Pentateuch Numbers

October 14, 2021

Numbers Chapters 20 - 21 Bible Study for Atheists

Husband and Wife cover Numbers chapter 20: Water from the Rock / Edom Refuses Passage to Israel / Aaron Dies on Mount Hor; and chapter 21: The Canaanites Attack Israel / The Fiery Serpents / The Israelites Journey around Moab...

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October 12, 2021

Numbers Chapters 18 - 19 Q&A

Husband and Wife answer questions about salt covenants. Which is convenient since we used one in our wedding ceremony and had no idea what it truly meant. Hey! Pass the salt! Thank you for stopping by Sacrilegious Discourse -...

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October 07, 2021

Numbers Chapters 18 - 19 Bible Study for Atheists

Husband and Wife cover Numbers chapter 18: Provision for the Priests and Levites; and chapter 19: The Purification of the Unclean. After more repetition of how the grift works, we discuss flaming bags of poo and whether calli...

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October 05, 2021

Numbers Chapters 16 - 17 Q&A

Husband and Wife answer questions about Korah. First we call out Facebook and its fuckery. Then we learn that we weren't the first to call out Moses for being a grifter, and that the better stories about people in the Bible a...

Pentateuch Numbers

September 30, 2021

Numbers Chapters 16 - 17 Bible Study for Atheists

Husband and Wife cover Numbers chapter 16: Korah's Rebellion; and chapter 17: Aaron's Rod. We learn that apparently Moses has earthquake-sensing tech, and that sometimes your staff will sprout almonds. --- Send in a voice ...

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September 28, 2021

Numbers Chapters 14 - 15 Q&A

Husband and Wife answer questions about Vertical Retribution. We learn that kicking the can down the road isn't always a bad thing, and confirm that, while Moses is still a dumb-dumb, god is definitely still a dick. --- Se...

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September 23, 2021

Numbers Chapters 14 - 15 Bible Study for Atheists

Husband and Wife cover Numbers chapter 14: The People Rebel Against the Lord / God's Punishment on Israel / The Death of the Ten Evil Spies / The Defeat of Israel at Hormah; and chapter 15: Laws Concerning Offerings / The Sto...

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September 21, 2021

Numbers Chapter 12 - 13 Q&A

Husband and Wife answer questions about Miriam, like who even is that? We learn why she's a beloved figure and an early model of women's rights which is almost cool but as usual God ruins everything. --- Send in a voice me...

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September 16, 2021

Numbers Chapters 12 - 13 Bible Study for Atheists

Husband and Wife cover Numbers chapter 12: Miriam and Aaron Speak Against Moses; and chapter 13: The Twelve Spies Sent to Canaan. We learn that Snow White was pale due to leprosy, and that somehow the giants survived The Floo...

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September 14, 2021

Numbers Chapters 10 - 11 Q&A

Husband and Wife answer questions about horns and bushels, which leads to a very brief discussion about rams and salve and the cost of milk. Honestly the majority of the conversation revolves around us ranting about, BUT WHY ...

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September 09, 2021

Numbers Chapters 10 - 11 Bible Study for Atheists

Husband and Wife cover Numbers chapter 10: The Silver Trumpets / The Israelites Depart from Sinai; and chapter 11: The Lord Sends Quails. The people are all whiny, which makes Moses all whiny, which makes God throw yet anothe...

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September 07, 2021

Numbers Chapters 8 - 9 Q&A

Husband and Wife answer questions about the odour of sanctity because there was literally nothing to talk about in this section. God, dead saints, and hand lotion from B&BW all smell like roses. The End. --- Send in a voic...

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