Science. It Works. #9

Scientific peer review: an ineffective and unworthy institution by Les Hatton and Gregory Warr Given the entirely appropriate degree of respect that science has for data, the ongoing discussion of peer review is often surprisingly data-free and underlain by the implicit assumption that peer review – although in need of improvement – is indispensable. The …

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Commentary on Numbers 34

Notes (NET Translation) 1 Then the Lord spoke to Moses: 2 "Give these instructions to the Israelites, and tell them: 'When you enter Canaan, the land that has been assigned to you as an inheritance, the land of Canaan with its borders, 3 your southern border will extend from the wilderness of Zin along the …

Commentary on Numbers 33:50-56

Notes (NET Translation) 50 The LORD spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan, across from Jericho. He said: Jericho is the place where the conquest would begin. 51 "Speak to the Israelites and tell them, 'When you have crossed the Jordan into the land of Canaan, 52 you must drive out …

Commentary on Numbers 33:1-49

Notes (NET Translation) Forty-two stations and forty-one legs are recorded in Numbers 33:1-49. Verses 3-18 contain geographical material for the narrative from Exodus 12 to Numbers 12. Verses 18-30 and 34-36 do not have parallels in Numbers. Verses 31-33 appear to echo Deuteronomy 10:6-7. Verses 37-49 contain parallels in Numbers 20-22. A number of places …

Commentary on Numbers 32

Notes (NET Translation) 1 Now the Reubenites and the Gadites possessed a very large number of cattle. When they saw that the lands of Jazer and Gilead were ideal for cattle, 2 the Gadites and the Reubenites came and addressed Moses, Eleazar the priest, and the leaders of the community. They said, 3 "Ataroth, Dibon, …

Commentary on Numbers 31

Notes (NET Translation) 1 The LORD spoke to Moses: 2 "Exact vengeance for the Israelites on the Midianites – after that you will be gathered to your people." Moses is to now execute the command originally given by the Lord in 25:16-18 after the Midianites' seduction of Israel at Baal Peor (Num 25). The root …

Commentary on Numbers 30

Notes (NET Translation) 1 Moses told the leaders of the tribes concerning the Israelites, "This is what the LORD has commanded: 2 If a man makes a vow to the LORD or takes an oath of binding obligation on himself, he must not break his word, but must do whatever he has promised. Vows either …