Numbers: an Introduction and Study Guide Paperback

The Road to Freedom

by Eryl Wynn Davies;

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Numbers: an Introduction and Study Guide

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Davies outlines the composition and date of Numbers, and the various attempts that have been made to establish a coherent and meaningful structure in its arrangement. Davies also shows how the application of reader-response criticism, feminist criticism and postcolonial criticism have contributed to our understanding of selected passages in the book. Addressing theological issues, Davies considers three themes that occupy much of the content of Numbers, namely; land, purity and holiness, and rebellion. The concluding chapter considers the contentious issue of the historicity of the book of Numbers in the light of recent discussions concerning the historical value of the Old Testament. Davies shows how some of the issues Numbers raises - war, disease, survival, hunger, race relations - are among the perennial problems faced by nations across the centuries and across cultures.
While individual passages within Numbers may reflect a questionable sense of morality, Davies demonstrates that the book, when viewed in its totality, encompasses a number of important theological themes which recur throughout the Old Testament: the interplay of forgiveness and judgment, and of sin and punishment, and the need to trust in the power of God rather than human might.

Numbers: an Introduction and Study Guide by Eryl Wynn Davies was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in January 2017. The ISBN for Numbers: an Introduction and Study Guide is 9780567671011.

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Details for Numbers: an Introduction and Study Guide

Page last updated 12th August 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (January 2017)
Number of Pages96
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4450448
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