Sunday, February 08, 2004

Biblical Literature, The conclusion of the Sinai sojourn

The book opens with a command from God to Moses, early in the second year after the Exodus, to take a census of the arms-bearing men over 20 in each of the clans of Israel. Moses and Aaron, aided by the clan chiefs, take the count, clan by clan, and reach a total of 603,550 men - according to critical scholars, an unbelievably large total for the time and conditions. The Levites, to whom is entrusted

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