A Commentary on Numbers: Narrative, Ritual, and Colonialism by Pekka Pitkänen

By Pekka Pitkänen

This e-book presents a brand new studying of the biblical e-book of Numbers in a remark shape. Mainstream readings have tended to determine the publication as a haphazard junkyard of fabric that connects Genesis–Leviticus with Deuteronomy (and Joshua), composed at a overdue degree within the heritage of historical Israel. By distinction, this ebook reads Numbers as a part of a much wider paintings of Genesis–Joshua, a delicately crafted programmatic settler colonial rfile for a brand new society in Canaanite highlands within the overdue moment millennium BCE that seeks to interchange pre-existing indigenous societies. within the context of the super effect that the biblical files have had at the international within the last 2,000–3,000 years, the e-book additionally deals guidelines in the direction of analyzing those texts today. This quantity is an engaging examine of this article, and may be of curiosity not just to biblical students, yet to an individual with an curiosity within the heritage of the traditional Levant, and colonisation and colonialism within the old international extra broadly.

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