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Best Bible Commentaries on Numbers

Numbers is the fourth book of the Old Testament. Authorship is traditionally attributed to Moses, who like wrote it during in the wilderness wanderings. The book covers Israel’s travels from Sinai to Kadesh-barnea, to the Wilderness, to the Transjordan. The purpose of Numbers is to tell of Israel’s experience in the wilderness and to show that God’s love for His people. The theme of the book is God’s wrath. Commentaries on Numbers often address Israel’s organization at Mount Sinai, their wandering in the wilderness, and their preparation for entering the Promised Land.

Numbers (TOTC) by Gordon J. Wenham

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Accolades:

  • Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on Numbers
  • Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, Wenham makes "this often-neglected book come alive theologically"
  • Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on Numbers, "Wenham is able to say more of significance in one page than most commentators say in ten pages. Highly recommended."

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
Numbers (NAC) by R. Dennis Cole

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Accolades:

  • Tremper Longman: 5 out 5 stars, "a substantial, well-written commentary...the book's real strength is in its sensitive theological reading"
  • Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on Numbers, "A pastor or student engaged in serious study of Numbers should consult [Cole]."

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
Leviticus, Numbers (NIVAC) by Roy Gane

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  • Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, "Gane is an expert in ancient Israelite ritual," and "adept at pointing to the continuing theological relevance of this material"

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
The Book of Numbers (NICOT) by Timothy R. Ashley

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Accolades:

  • Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, "Ashley writes in a very readable style"
  • Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on Numbers, "[Ashley] very helpfully explores the important theological themes within the book."

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
  • Scholars/professors doing research
  • Scholars/professors teaching advance courses
Numbers (Preaching the Word) by Iain M. Duguid

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  • Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on Numbers, "I have benefited from everything I have read by Iain Duguid. His commentary on Numbers is well-written and aimed specifically at pastors."

Audience:

  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
Leviticus and Numbers (Teach the Text) by Joe M. Sprinkle

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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The Message of Numbers (BST) by Raymond Brown

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Accolades:

  • Tremper Longman: "readable and informed"

Audience:

  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
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  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
Numbers (JPS) by Jacob Milgrom

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Accolades:

  • Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, "a masterpiece of erudition"
  • Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on Numbers, "somewhat critical...must be used with great care and discernment"

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
  • Scholars/professors doing research
  • Scholars/professors teaching advance courses
Numbers (two volumes; AYBC) by Baruch A. Levine

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Accolades:

  • Tremper Longman: 4 out 5 stars, "all serious students of Numbers must have this book"

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
  • Scholars/professors doing research
  • Scholars/professors teaching advance courses
Numbers (Interpretation) by Dennis T. Olson

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Accolades:

  • Tremper Longman: 5 out of 5 stars, "no one has had a larger influence in recent years on our understanding of the theological theme of the book"

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
Numbers (WBC) by Philip J. Budd

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
  • Scholars/professors doing research
  • Scholars/professors teaching advance courses
Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy (CBC) by Dale A. Brueggemann

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
Leviticus, Numbers (UBCS) by W.H. Bellinger Jr.

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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Numbers (TPC) by James Philip

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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Numbers (OTL) by Martin Noth

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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Numbers and Deuteronomy (For Everyone) by John Goldingay

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
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Numbers (Thru the Bible) by J. Vernon McGee

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
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