Dear Forum members, try to read it with a bit of selfcritical humour before flagging it.
Whilst casting doubts on numbers reported about jews can easily lead to one being branded as racist or antisemitic moron one should really believe the numbers as they were officially part of a census and should have been 603,550 and a number that precise must be right. Why would a God inspired book use estimates such as 600,000 instead of precise numbers if it were to tell us about truth.
That the truth is not in the numbers is a concept difficult to accept in a materialistic age. Perhaps the number should really read 603,141 and should be read 600 plus pie as the comma might not indicate thousands but is the decimal divider.(Content deleted by moderator) After all as it is the book of numbers it must be about teaching us math and clearly aims at teaching us mental arithmetics
The article of Carol Hill is well worthwhile reading so thanks for bringing that up. When being confronted with the “silly things in the bible” regarding the age of Noah by atheist biblical fundamentalists I always point them to the fact that he waited for 500 years to father a child, and suggest the should try abstinence. Clearly murdering all those sperms shortens the life span and if they would carry on not using their brain it might outlive them all together
Considering the world population estimates for the time, 2 million Jews roaming the area would have caused quite some footprint and when walking around Jericho they would have trampled each other to death with so many people. 600000 men walking 10 abreast with 1m between them would stretch 60km in length thus running around Jericho 7 times in a day must have looked hilarious, even when assuming a very very generous 6km of wall. Whilst we might be all wrong about our population dynamics and timelines we have to ask ourselves what truth we expect to find in the bible. It is clear that materialists get hung up on numbers as they believe in numbers to be the conveyors of truth. They make things countable and therefore testable by materialistic standards. Perhaps we should start a new bible translation for materialists
In the age of the calculator we have lost the ability to do plausibility checks for our numbers and acquired the skill to look at numbers out of context. We are more likely than ever to believe numbers, particularly if they have been published. And here begins the real problem that we believe in what is published to be true. Clearly with the bible some people excuse their poor understanding of the bible by blaming it on the primitive goat herders or God’s inability to tell the truth, dismissing the fact that even if there was a book written by God full of truth, only God would be able to read it correctly as he knows all the context. We struggle even if the context presented in a nearby paragraph, let alone on a different page of chapter, but then it is always the fault of the author not to write in a way that we understand straight away. After all, he should not write in a way that strains our brain cells but should write as we wish the truth to look like.