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Numbers is an account with two central figures: God and Israel. Although the account appears strange and even cruel at times, the difficulties presented by Numbers deserve to be honestly faced by today’s Bible readers. The New International Commentary: The Book of Numbers will also hone in on the recurring theme of following God without deviation—a theme that speaks to any and every age of Christians.
This intensive commentary is the product of almost ten years of Numbers scholarship by Timothy Ashley. It presents a detailed explanation of the original Hebrew text and comes with an introduction that addresses matters of structure, composition, and theology. A bibliography of major books on Numbers (largely from the English, French, and German) is also included.
Ashley sections the text of Numbers into five parts as he traces and expounds on the theological themes of obedience and disobedience that color the entirety of Numbers. His verse-by-verse notes explain the Hebrew text itself.