Numbers

Numbers

Numbers

Numbers

Synopsis

This new commentary on Numbers is not only the latest volume in the respected FOTL series; it is also the first commentary to be written using the exegetical methods of the recently redesigned form-critical approach to the Old Testament literature.

Rolf Knierim and George Coats make clear what has traditionally been a difficult portion of Scripture by showing how form criticism sheds light on the text's structure, genre, setting, and intention. Following an extensive introduction to the historical and social background of Numbers, the commentary proper leads readers unit by unit through the text, highlighting the literary development of Numbers and the meaning that it meant to convey to its audience.

Excerpt

The work for the present volume IV, on Numbers, continues to follow the basic design for the entire FOTL series. While discussion of its guidelines is found in the volumes published thus far — in volumes I, IIA, IV, VII, IX, X, XI, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XIX, XX, XXIB, and XXII — the reader’s particular attention is directed to the Editors’ Updated Foreword to volume IIA of the series on Exodus 1–18 by Professor George W. Coats. In that Foreword reference is made to the particular conditions under which the process of the production and editing of volume IIA evolved. The work on the present volume had to proceed under the same, only much more complicated conditions as the years have gone by.

The volume was originally designed by a division of authorial labor in which everything belonging to Num 1:1–10:10 was to be done by R. P. Knierim and everything belonging to Num 10:11–36:13 by G. W. Coats. In fact the prevailing developments necessitated that Chapters 1, 2, 3, but also Chapter 4 and the unit Num 10:11-36 in Chapter 5 as well were done by R. P. Knierim. Num 11:1–36:13 of Chapter 5 was originally submitted by G. W. Coats. It was especially technically thoroughly updated by the former research associates to the FOTL project, Ms. Mignon Jacobs and — after her — Mr. David Palmer, both now Ph.D’s from Claremont Graduate University (CGU). They also set the stage for the organization of the Glossary. Their work deserves decisive credit for upgrading the shape of these parts of the volume. For processing the readiness of the volume towards final redactional work the level and quality of Mr. Palmer’s efforts deserve more praise than words can express. Ms. Janice Bakke, current senior Ph.D. student in the department of Hebrew Bible at CGU, deserves gratitude for contributing to the final organization of the Glossary and for superb technical and substantive assistance across the volume. The continuing home of the project at, and its support by the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, cannot be highly enough appreciated. The grant by its Research Council of the stipend for Ms. Bakke is the most direct evidence. But gratefully acknowledged must also be the constructive support of the Institute by the members of its Board of Trustees, and particularly through the leadership of its . . .

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