THE BIBLE BOOK OF NUMBERS is now live on the Casual English Bible…and with some pretty cool maps, I think.
The map featured with this short note shows where the Israelites staged before attacking Jericho.
They camped for what seems to have been a good many months on the Plains of Moab, a large footprint in the Jordan River Valley, just across the river from Jericho.
Israelites overran the east bank in numbers so threatening that the King of Moab, in what is now the country of Jordan, hired a seer from what is now Turkey to put the jinx on the Israelites.
The seer, named Balaam—most famous for his talking donkey—blessed Israel instead. Three times, from three different hilltops.
You can check out the new paraphrase of the Book of Numbers here.
And you can check out the new maps and charts here.
I think you’ll find it fun to flip and dip through the maps and pictures. You might even like reading the stories. Some of the great ones. Manna from heaven. Water from rocks. Forty years in the desert badlands.
Spoiler alert. The entire adult generation of those on the Exodus dies before the invasion, with just two exceptions: Joshua and Caleb.
Those were two of the 12 scouts Moses sent to explore the land now called Israel and Palestinian Territories. Joshua and Caleb both recommended trusting God. The others were afraid of the walled cities and very tall people.
“Looking up at them, we felt like grasshoppers. And looking down at us, they felt we looked like grasshoppers, too.” Numbers 13:33