Saturday, October 17, 2009

42: Census

Numbers 1-2
It's a good thing this section is completely boring, I don't have much time for blogging today.

God commands Moses to to take a census of the Israelis. What? Are you kidding me? What part of "all knowing God" does the bible not understand? Does God not know how many Israelis there are?

The size of the army ends up being a little over 600,000. The Levites weren't counted because they are now in charge of the tabernacle (these were the same guys that went through camp killing their neighbors and families because of the golden calf). Now anyone who isn't a Levite that approaches the tabernacle is to be killed.

Numbers 2 just describes how the Israelite clans are to be arranged in the camp *yawn*.

1 comment:

  1. In case you missed the inflated numbers, they add up to 603,350 adult men over the age of twenty wandering around in the desert. That is not counting their households, including wives (what happened to that one-man-one-woman thing?), children and servants.

    To put this in perspective, these numbers are so inflated, that this would put a desert people, again wandering in the desert, at many times the population of the ancient city of Rome. The absurdity of it is amusing.

    I love how the numbers are so even, too. It's like some ancient scribe sat down and started making shit up.

    46500
    59300
    45650
    74600
    54400
    57400
    40500
    32000
    35400
    62700
    41500
    53400
    ------
    603,350

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