Sunday, July 24, 2022

More questions re Parashat Matot/Masei

I'm swiping these from a couple of old posts of mine about Parashat Matot.
"Question 1: If the Israelites had cattle--and, apparently, they did, as they were called on to make a number of sacrificial offerings while still in the wilderness--how could they have been dependent on mahn/manna at the same time?
Question 2: If, on the one hand, the Israelites have always had cattle, why do only the children of Gad and Reuven say that they have cattle? If, on the other hand, the cattle was part of the spoils of war, how did only the children of Gad and Reuven end up with cattle?"
"Isn't there something missing in Numbers, chapter 32? The tribes of Reuven and Gad promised to lead the battle to conquer the promised land in return for the right to remain on the east bank of the Jordan, where they'd found good land for grazing, but the half-tribe Menasheh/Manasseh made no such promise. So how did Menasheh get cut in on the deal?"
This is the old stuff--I'm working on a new post.


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