JPS Torah Commentary: Numbers במדבר | Notes & Review

Posted on May 20, 2010

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Jacob Milgrom. JPS Torah Commentary: Numbers במדבר. The Jewish Publication Society, 1990. (520 pages)

THE COMMENTARY TO NUMBERS

INTRODUCTION

Preliminaries: The Title | Latin Numeri…

THE GENERATION OF THE EXODUS (3)

THE ORGANIZATION OF THE WILDERNESS CAMP (3)

Census in the Wilderness (3)

The Arrangement of the Camp (11)

The First Levite Census (14)

The Second Levite Census (24)

Purification of the Camp (33)

Final Preparations for the Tabernacle Cult (52)

Final Preparations for Departure (66)

THE MARCH FROM SINAI TO TRANSJORDAN (75)

From Sinai to Kadesh (76)

The Reconnaissance of Canaan (99)

A Miscellany of Laws (117)

Encroachments on the Tabernacle (129)

Purification from Contamination by a Corpse (157)

From Kadesh to the Steppes of Moab (163)

Balaam (185)

Idolatry and Expiation at Baal-Peor (211)

THE GENERATION OF CONQUEST (219)

The Second Census (219)

The Law of Succession in Inheritance (230)

The succession of Moses by Joshua (233)

The Calendar of Public Sacrifices (237)

The Annulment of Vows and Oaths Made by Women (250)

The War Against Midian (255)

The Settlement of Transjordan (265)

The Wilderness Itinerary (277)

The Division of Canaan (282)

Marriage Requirements for Heiresses (296)

EXCURSUSES TO THE NUMBERS COMMENTARY

1. Some Political Institutions of Early Israel (335)

2. The Census and Its Totals (336)

3. The Encampment (340)

4. The Levites: Guards of the Tabernacle (341)

5. The Encroacher and the Clergy (342)

6. ‘Avodah: The Levites’ Work Profile (343)

7. The Rationale for Biblical Impurity (344)

8. The Judicial Ordeal (346)

9. Adultery in the Bible and the Ancient Near East (348)

10. The Case of the Suspected Adulteress: Redaction and Meaning (350)

11. The Nazirite (355)

12. The structure of Numbers 6:1-21 (359)

13. The Priestly Blessing (360)

14. The Cheiftains’ Gifts and sacrifices 362)

15. Moses’ Audience with God (365)

16. Determining the Date of the Cheiftains’ Contribution (366)

17. The Menorah (367)

18. The Literary Structure of Numbers 8:5-22 (368)

19. Levitical “Kippur” (369)

20. The Second Passover (371)

21. Trumpet and Shofar (372)

22. The Ark in War (373)

23. The Inverted “Nuns” (375)

24. The Structure of Chapters 11-12 (376)

25. Ecstatic Prophecy in Israel and the Ancient Near East (380)

26. Prophecy in Israel and the Ancient Near East (383)

27. Sanctification: Preparation for Theophany (384)

28. The Tent of Meeting: Two Traditions (386)

29. The Structure of Chatpers 13-14 (387)

30. The Scout Typology (390)

31. Caleb (391)

32. Judgment and Mercy: Vertical Retribution and “SalaH” (392)

33. Repentance in the Torah and the Prophets (396)

34. The “Ger” (398)

35. The Two Sections on the Purification Offering (402)

36. The Penalty of “Karet” (405)

37. The Case of the Wood Gatherer (408)

38. The Tassels (Tsitsit) (410)

39. Korah’s Rebellion: A study in Redaction (414)

40. Sacral Responsibility for Encraochment (423)

41. The “Tenufah” Offering (425)

42. The “Terumah” Offering (426)

43. First Fruits (427)

44. The Status of “Herem” (428)

45. The First-Born (431)

46. The Tithe (432)

47. The Structure of Chapter 19 (437)

48. The Paradox of the Red Cow (438)

49. The Effect of the Sinner upon the Sanctuary (444)

50. Magic, Monotheism, and the Sin of Moses (448)

51. The Encounter with Canaanites (456)

52. The Copper Snake (459)

53. The Song of the Well (460)

54. The Song of Heshbon (462)

55. The Redaction of Chapters 20-21 (463)

56. The Unity of the Prose and Poetry in Chapters 22-24 (467)

57. Balaam and the Ass (468)

58. Balaam: Saint or Sinner? (469)

59. Balaam: Diviner or Sorcerer? (471)

60. Balaam and the Deir ‘Alla Inscription (473)

61. The Apostasy of Baal-Peor (476)

62. The Apportionment of the Promised Land (480)

63. The Inheritance Rights of Daughters (482)

64. The Urim and Thummim (484)

65. The “Tamid” (486)

66. Oaths, Vows, and Dedications (488)

67. The War Against Midian (490)

68. The Literary Structure of Chapter 31 (491)

69. The Literary Structure of Chapter 32 (492)

70. The Settlement of Transjordan (494)

71. The Integrity of the Wilderness Itinerary (497)

72. The Literary Structure of 33:50-56 (499)

73. The Boundaries of Canaan (501)

74. The Levitical Town: An Exercise in Realistic Planning (502)

75. Asylum Altars and Asylum Cities (504)

76. The Postulates of the Laws of Homicide (509)

77. The Redaction of Chapter 36 (511)

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