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

By Pekka Pitkänen

This publication offers a brand new examining of the biblical ebook of Numbers in a observation shape. Mainstream readings have tended to work out the booklet as a haphazard junkyard of fabric that connects Genesis–Leviticus with Deuteronomy (and Joshua), composed at a overdue degree within the historical past of historic Israel. By distinction, this publication reads Numbers as a part of a much broader paintings of Genesis–Joshua, a gently crafted programmatic settler colonial rfile for a brand new society in Canaanite highlands within the overdue moment millennium BCE that seeks to exchange pre-existing indigenous societies. within the context of the large impression that the biblical files have had at the international within the last 2,000–3,000 years, the publication additionally deals guidelines in the direction of studying those texts today. This quantity is an interesting examine of this article, and may be of curiosity not just to biblical students, yet to somebody with an curiosity within the heritage of the traditional Levant, and colonisation and colonialism within the old global extra broadly.

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