Covenant & Conversation Numbers: The Wilderness Years

Covenant & Conversation Numbers: The Wilderness Years Author Jonathan Sacks
ISBN-10 1592640230
ISBN-13 9781592640232
Year 2017-05-01
Pages 446
Language English
Publisher Maggid
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The book of Numbers in Hebrew Bemidbar In the Wilderness is a key text for our time It is among the most searching self critical books in all of literature about what Nelson Mandela called the long walk to freedom Its message is that there is no shortcut to liberty Numbers is not an easy book to read nor is it an optimistic one It is a sober warning set in the midst of a text the Hebrew Bible that remains the West s master narrative of hope The Mosaic books especially Exodus and Numbers are about the journey from slavery to freedom and from oppression to law governed liberty On the map the distance from Egypt to the Promised Land is not far But the message of Numbers is that it always takes longer than you think For the journey is not just physical a walk across the desert It is psychological moral and spiritual It takes as long as the time needed for human beings to change You cannot arrive at freedom merely by escaping from slavery It is won only when a nation takes upon itself the responsibilities of self restraint courage and patience Without that a journey of a few hundred miles can take forty years Even then it has only just begun

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