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Composite Artistry in the Book of Numbers: A Study in Biblical Narrative Conventions
Forsling, Josef

Åbo, Finland: Åbo Akademi University, 2013 pp. 210. NP

Description: Is the book of Numbers an unreadable text? What readers of the book encounter is a huge amount of immensely variegated materials. These are seemingly mixed without an overarching plan, which has rendered the judgment that Numbers may be apprehended as the ’junk room of the priestly code.’ The present thesis takes a firm grasp of the narrative features of the book, and ask how these contribute to, and disrupt, the coherence of the work. The aim is to describe the features and to evaluate their effects, which constitutes a unique contribution to the discussion on Numbers.

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

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Review by Benjamin D. Giffone
Published 5/13/2015
Citation: Benjamin D. Giffone, review of Josef Forsling, Composite Artistry in the Book of Numbers: A Study in Biblical Narrative Conventions, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2015).

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