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Book 4 of 39 in The Old Testament


This deals with the wilderness wanderings of the children of Israel. The name of the book, is taken from the two numberings of the nation: one at Mount Sinai (Ch.1) and the second after the wanderings, after the present generation had perished.(Ch.26). The Hebrew Bible has as its title ” In the Wilderness.”

Author & Date

The fourth book of Moses.


A. Sinai to Kadesh-Barnea Ch.1-10

  1. The first Numbering Ch.1-4
  2. More commands from the Lord Ch.5-10

B. Failure in the wilderness Ch.11-21:9

  1. Murmurings before Kadesh Ch.11-12
  2. Unbelief at Kadesh Ch.13-14
  3. The offerings reinstated Ch.15
  4. ¬†Murmurings against God’s priests Ch.16-17
  5. The High priest and sons Ch.18
  6. The red heifer Ch.19
  7. Murmurings and water  Ch.20
  8. Murmurings about the way Ch.21
  9. Baalim & Barak Ch22-25

C. Preparing for Canaan Ch.26-36

  1. The second Numbering Ch.26
  2. The law of inheritance Ch.27
  3. Various laws Ch.28-30
  4. Victory over the Midianites Ch.31
  5. Final preparations Ch.32-36


a. The Numberings
These were the totals of those men 20 yrs. upward, and who were eligible for war.

The Numberings
Tribe The First Ch.1 The Second Ch.26
Reuben 46,500 43,730
Simeon 59,300 22,200
Gad 45,650 40,500
Judah 74,600 76,500
Issachar 54,400 64,300
Zebulun 57,400 60,500
Joseph/Ephraim 40,500 52,700
Manasseh 32,200 32,500
Benjamin 35,400 45,600
Dan 62,700 64,400
Asher 41,500 53,400
Naphtali 53,400 45,400
TOTALS 603,550 601,730