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Posted: Thursday 28 March 2019 ( 5 years ago )

A numbers problem in the book of Numbers

The book of Numbers is well-named. There are a lot of number in Numbers. Take chapter three for instance. In the long last section of that chapter, God tells Moses to count the Levites [1] saying, And the LORD spake unto Moses in the wildern ...

Posted: Thursday 24 August 2006 ( 18 years ago )

Have ye saved all the women alive?

Oops! In my post, How many has God killed?, I forgot to include the Midianite massacre. But luckily David Plotz in Blogging the Bible reminded me. Plotz calls it the "most hideous war crime in a Bible filled with them." And he's right about that. ...

Posted: Friday 07 August 2009 ( 15 years ago )

The Midianite massacre: Have you saved all the women alive?

This is a bible story that everyone should know. It begins with God telling Moses to take vengeance on the Midianites. (He doesn't say for what, but I guess it was for the sex and dinner party that brought on God's last round of killings.) ...

Posted: Saturday 01 April 2023 ( 11 months ago )

Father Mike Schmitz explains the law of jealousies to us

The most popular podcast in the United States is (or was according to the National Review in Jan 2021) "The Bible in a Year" by Father Mike Schmitz. In it, Father Mike reads the Bible to you, and explains it all for you. Father Mike gets through ...

Posted: Thursday 13 April 2023 ( 11 months ago )

About that red cow in Numbers 19

The passage in Numbers 19:1-10 is rather uninteresting in itself. So much so, in fact, that I almost left it out of the Bible in Fewer Words podcast. It is, after all, just another animal sacrifice - the type of thing that is found throughout the Pen ...

Posted: Friday 14 April 2023 ( 10 months ago )

What were the fiery serpents in Numbers 21?

In our most recent podcast, we told the story about the fiery serpents that God sent to bite the people for complaining about the lack of food and water. It all happens in just five verses in Numbers 21 (verses 5-9) Here's the story from the Bibl ...

Posted: Saturday 15 April 2023 ( 10 months ago )

So it was Jesus who sent the fiery serpents in Numbers 21!

One of the craziest stories in the Bible is found in Numbers 21. It all happens in just two verses: The people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, ne ...

Posted: Monday 24 April 2023 ( 10 months ago )

Some questions about the Midianite massacre

Our last podcast episode told the story of the Midianite massacre of Numbers 31. It's one of the most appalling stories in the entire Bible. And it's also one of the most puzzling. Here are some of my questions about it. The Midianites were ...

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