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Reading numbers after Samuel

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The division of the priesthood into two classes, one sacrificial and one menial, is indeed a big cultural change announced by Numbers. This chapter wishes to support one of Graeme Auld's dazzling and perturbing insights into the relations of the biblical books to each other. The close parallels he shows between parts of Numbers and parts of the books of Samuel are a revelation. He specifically focuses on the similarities between the story of Balaam in Numbers 22-24 and the book of Samuel. Numbers has got two dominant themes, one about the Levites' challenge to the Aaronic priesthood, the other about God's Covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their descendants for ever.

Keywords: God; Graeme Auld; Numbers; Samuel



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