Student Teaching in the New Millenium

5771 Pinhas I

In Numbers on July 12, 2011 at 2:16 am

I Kings 18:46 – 19:26
Numbers 25:10 – 26:51

Running with scissors
Lives born and reborn
Children join the family

Who is speaking here? It’s not YY.

Why pact of friendship, rather than peace, as Ramban comments? Why pact of friendship or peace as pact of priesthood? Why not pact of priesthood as pact of friendship/peace?

Why reward a violent act with a covenant of peace? Did Pinhas, in fact, do the right thing?

Why instructions about them, not too them?

Twenty-four thousand killed? I count 1820 between Bamidbar and Pinhas.


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