Epistles of Thomas

March 16, 2009

Numbers 28-30

Filed under: Old Testament — Thomas @ 10:23
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Chapter 28 and 29 summarises various offerings and festivals: daily, Sabbath, and monthly offerings, Passover, Festival of Weeks, Festival of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and the Festival of Tabernacles. Chapter 30 deals with the making of vows. The expectation is that “When a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said” (30:2). In the case of those under someone else’s authority such as a wife or young daughter their vow can be nullified if the husband or father objects to it as soon as he hears about it. Otherwise he will bear the consequences of her breaking that vow. When a widow or a divorced woman makes a vow it is binding on her and there can be no nullification. Some will say this is sexist but it provided protection for those who might not realise the consequences of their vow (“rash promise”; 30:8) or who make a vow that cannot be accomplished without the assistance of her family (“still living in her father’s household”; 30:3).

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