The Composition of Numbers 32: A New Proposal*

In: Vetus Testamentum
Liane M. Marquis The University of Chicago Divinity School

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This paper addresses the compositional history of the story of the apportionment of the Transjordan to the Reubenites and Gadites in Numbers 32. After a detailed study of the narrative difficulties within this chapter, it is argued that Numbers 32 contains two independent stories and a post-compilational insertion. Each of the two stories is then analyzed on its own terms and placed within its broader Pentateuchal context.

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