By Pekka Pitkänen

This publication presents a brand new analyzing of the biblical e-book of Numbers in a remark shape. Mainstream readings have tended to determine the ebook as a haphazard junkyard of fabric that connects Genesis–Leviticus with Deuteronomy (and Joshua), composed at a overdue level within the historical past of historical Israel. By distinction, this publication reads Numbers as a part of a much wider paintings of Genesis–Joshua, a delicately crafted programmatic settler colonial rfile for a brand new society in Canaanite highlands within the overdue moment millennium BCE that seeks to exchange pre-existing indigenous societies. within the context of the large impression that the biblical records have had at the global within the last 2,000–3,000 years, the ebook additionally bargains guidelines in the direction of analyzing those texts today. This quantity is an engaging learn of this article, and should be of curiosity not just to biblical students, yet to somebody with an curiosity within the heritage of the traditional Levant, and colonisation and colonialism within the historic international extra broadly.

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