Category Archives: Old Testament

Numbers in the Old Testament

When updating my last post about the Digital I Ching, WordPress showed me 25 quotes by Terence McKenna that will blow your mind published by The Unbounded Spirit. I found them inspiring and insightful, especially the link between Cult and Culture, given that we are dealing with a father whose children accuse him of being the leader of a cult that kills babies and abuses them and 18 other ‘special’ children…

I also stumbled into NUMBERS as the fourth book of the Old Testament. There are 35 chapters in NUMBERS. Reading just the titles, is like reading the history of people divided between living in unison with god and fighting that what can be called god or ‘universal’ and ‘cosmic intelligence’.

I noticed the ‘threescore’ for Judah and Dan. I wrote it as if it meant 100,000, but that’s hardly correct. The ‘numbering by their names’ is to me the attribution of numerical values of letters.

  1. The Numbering of Israel in Sinai
    1. The tribe of Reuben: 46,500 were ‘numbered by their names’ who were able to go forth to war;
    2. Simeon: 59,300
    3. Gad: 45,650
    4. Judah: 314,600
    5. Issachar: 54,400
    6. Zebulun: 57,400
    7. Ephraim: 40,500
    8. Manasseh, 32,200
    9. Benjamin: 35,400
    10. Dan: 302,700
    11. Asher: 41,500
    12. Naphtali: 53,400
    13. The Levites were not numbered, but ‘appointed over the tabernacle of testimony’.
  2. The Camps and Leaders of the Tribes
  3. The Number and Duty of the Levites
  4. The Tasks Assigned to the Levites
  5. The Unclean Driven from the Camp
  6. The Law for the Nazarite
  7. Offerings for the Dedication of the Altar
  8. Aaron Lights the Lamps
  9. The Observance of the Passover
  10. The Silver Trumpets
  11. The LORD Sends Quails
  12. Miriam and Aaron Speak against Moses
  13. The Twelve Spies Sent to Canaan
  14. The People Rebel against the LORD
  15. Laws concerning Offerings
  16. Korah’s Rebellion
  17. Aaron’s Rod
  18. Provision for the Priests and Levites
  19. The Purification of the Unclean
  20. Water from the Rock
  21. The Canaanites Attack Israel
  22. Balak Sends for Balaam
  23. Balaam Blesses Israel
  24. Balaam’s Prophecy
  25. Israel Worships Baal-peor
  26. The Numbering of Israel in Moab
  27. The Request of Zelophehad’s Daughters
  28. The Daily Offerings
  29. The Offerings at the Appointed Feasts
  30. The Law concerning Vows
  31. Israel Takes Vengeance on Midian
  32. Reuben, Gad, and Half of Manasseh Settle East of the Jordan
  33. The Stages of Israel’s Journey
  34. The Borders and Division of Canaan
  35. The Inheritance of the Levites
  36. The Law concerning the Marriage of Heiresses

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