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Memory and Tradition in the Book of Numbers
Leveen, Adriane†B.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008 pp. x + 245. $85.00


Description: In Memory and Tradition in the Book of Numbers, Adriane Leveen offers a rereading of the fourth book of Moses. Leveen examines how the editors of Numbers created a narrative of the forty-year journey through the wilderness to control understanding of the past and influence attitudes in the future. The book explores politics, collective memory and the strategies used by its priestly editors to convince the children of Israel to accept priestly rule. Leveen considers the dynamics of the transmission of tradition, memory and values in an atmosphere of crisis as a generation witnessed its parents die in the wilderness yet chose to live in the promised land in fulfilment of Godís vision.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Numbers, Literature

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Review by James W. Watts
Published 11/15/2008
Citation: James W. Watts, review of Adriane B. Leveen, Memory and Tradition in the Book of Numbers, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


Review by Thomas B. Dozeman
Published 4/26/2008
Citation: Thomas B. Dozeman, review of Adriane B. Leveen, Memory and Tradition in the Book of Numbers, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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