The census of the israelites on the plains of moab (Numbers 26): Sources and redaction

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In its present form, the census description in Numbers 26 can be identified as the product of a protracted literary process. Three principal stages of composition may be discerned as: a) close reliance on the list in Genesis 46 produced a census description and a list of the Israelite clans when they left Egypt ; b) the displacement of the original list from its original location to its extant position, wherein it serves as a "database" for the allocation of Canaan in accordance with the size of the tribes; c) the text reflected in the MT, in which the original form of the list was changed to better fit the new context, thereby establishing a greater similitude between Numbers 26 and other parts in its literary context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)236-260
Number of pages25
JournalVetus Testamentum
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 2013


  • Genesis 46
  • Levites
  • Numbers 26
  • Recensional diffferences between the MT and LXX
  • Zelophehad's daughters
  • censuses in Numbers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • History
  • Religious studies
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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