Student Teaching in the New Millenium

5771 Matot IV

In Numbers on July 22, 2011 at 12:59 am

Here a little, there a little
Divide the plunder!
Offer from distraction.

Jeremiah 1:1 – 2:3
Numbers 31:25 – 41

Why the different levy between the warriors and the rest of the community?

How is the division of booty equal and unequal? The warriors would take their booty back to their families? What about the families without men who fought? What about the heads of household who did not fight? What does this say about merit? And about the foreign women?

Why render prisoners as persons in one place and as human beings in another? Does the Prophet call for persons? Why call Midianite women the name persons, if God’s command was to harass the Midianites? What is the difference between a contribution to the Lord and give them to the Levites?

How come God’s command is for You and Eleazar the priest and the family heads to take the tally, and then Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the Lord commanded Moses?

Why place the levied spoils after the tally?

How is it the amounts of booty are all evenly divisible? How is it that the levy specifies persons for the contribution to the Lord and, here, all the women who had not had carnal relations are called a total of 32,000 human beings, and again the number of human beings [for the combatants] was 16,000?

Can we render carnal relations as carnal relative, a singular? If taken in the commonly held mway, all well and good. If taken this way, how can we be sure that none of these women has a carnal relative in their family?

What is done with these women? For we were slaves in the land of Egypt, why keep them?


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