Tag Archives: Numbers

Okay, okay, BuzzFeed occasionally does something worthwhile

I’ve grown a bit tired of all the listicles floating around on Facebook these days, but it would seem that BuzzFeed put one together that’s too relevant for Holey Books to ignore. The list is called The 16 Most Bizarre Moments … Continue reading

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The Bible and Abortion, Part 2

At Salon, a post about abortion and the Bible gets a lot—although not everything—right: Given the amount of effort and political capital the religious right puts into trying to restrict abortion, you’d guess that opposition to women’s choice must take … Continue reading

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The Top 4 Most Ridiculous Verses Regarding Marriage and Sex in the Pentateuch

The Pentateuch has proven to not keep with the times when it comes to marriage, sex, and women (among other things). Here are a few of the most ridiculous claims we’ve encountered so far. If you’re brother dies, be prepared … Continue reading

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Moabites to Midianites (Num. 25 & 31)

In an earlier post I briefly mentioned the genocide ordered by Moses against the Midianites. There’s some confusion in this story that warrants another look. No, it’s not confusion over the genocide–chapter 31 is VERY clear about that. Rather, it’s … Continue reading

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Extraordinary Claims: The Skepticism of Miriam and Aaron (Num. 12 & 16)

When I was in college, there was a fundamentalist Christian sect that stopped by campus every year to inform all passersby that they were doomed to Hell. They were certain in their certainty. They had the skinny on what God … Continue reading

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Balaam In Context (Num. 20-31)

My last post spent a little bit of time on Balaam, the legendary soothsayer and “pagan prophet” who dominates much of the book of Numbers. While we could probably post endlessly on the Balaam story, as it provides a lot … Continue reading

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