The story of Korah is mentioned in two different contexts in two adjacent chapters outside the story itself in Num 16-17. The first is in the account of the census of the Israelites at the Plains of Moab (Num 26:9-11). The second is in the story of Zelophehad's daughters (Num 27:3). Apart from these occurrences, the clan of the Korahites appears as part of the Levites in the census account (Num 26:58). In this article, I argue that all three occurrences of Korah are secondary in their context and were interpolated into Num 26-27 as part of a struggle within the circles of the Levites and priesthood concerning the status of the Korahites.
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