Theology

Jordan Davis

The End of the Book of Numbers

On Pentateuchal Models and Compositional Issues

[Das Ende des Buches Numeri. Pentateuchische Modelle und kompositorische Fragen.]

2022. XIV, 311 pages.

Archaeology and Bible 6

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In this study, Jordan Davis grants significant attention to the geographical references found at the end of the book of Numbers, combining archaeological, historical and literary critical insights, in the attempt to arrive at more »verifiable« results.
It has become increasingly clear that Numbers is the litmus test for new ideas relating to the formation of the Pentateuch. At the same time the profusion of ideas has only resulted in a corresponding lack of agreement between scholars. In the present study, Jordan Davis grants significant attention to the geographical references found at the end of the book of Numbers, combining archaeological, historical and literary critical insights, in the attempt to arrive at more »verifiable« results. With a detailed view at the Transjordan conquest traditions (Num 21:21–35; 32; Deut 2:24–3:20*) and the twin legal narratives relating to Zelophehad's daughters (Num 27; 36), the author argues for the historical catalysts underlying these traditions and then points to the ideological motivation behind their redactional expansion.
Survey of contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Setting the Stage: Background for Understanding the Book of Numbers
Chapter 3: The Occupation of Transjordan
Chapter 4: Female Inheritance
Chapter 5: Conclusion
Authors/Editors

Jordan Davis Born 1983; 2018 research assistant at Ruhr-Universität Bochum; 2021 PhD and research assistant at the University of Zürich; 2022 research assistant at Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg.
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6736-762X

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament — 47 (2023), p. 51 (Nathan MacDonald)
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 148 (2023), pp. 1071–1073 (Reinhard Achenbach)