The book of Numbers tells the story that has two main character: God and Israel. Yet Numbers can be complicated and confusing for students, exegetes, and pastors to unravel the importace of Numbers: exact obedience to God. Timothy Ashley removes much of the confusion by dividing the Hebrew text into five major sections and showing how each section contributes to the entire book's theological themes of obedience and disobedience. His detailed verse-by-verse comments are intended primarily to explain the text rather than to speculate on how the book came to be in its present form. The introduction includes an extended bibliography.
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I've read through the Bible twice in the last two years, and each time I've gone through Numbers, I've found myself turning to this commentary and the Tyndale OTC (Wenham). I find the two both helpful and complementary - they both include helpful info the other doesn't.
I haven't read this through, and only turn to this when the "going gets tough" in terms of understanding some of the difficult passages in Numbers. This volume comes through nicely in those cases, making sense of the unusual most every time. But I'd supplement it with the Tyndale one as well. Also, I recently read John Walton's "Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament," which gave me the background to make Ashley's commentary all the more insightful.