The Birth of Prophecy…Spiritually Speaking

This week, Ross covers material found in Torah Reading, Be-Ha’alotcha (Numbers 8:1-12:16). He begins by pointing out that the wilderness was a place of miracles and closeness with YHVH. Ross highlights the phrase “mouth of YHVH” from this week’s reading. The phrase occurs some 50 times in the Hebrew Bible, 18 of which, occur in the Book of Numbers. We learn for instance that the children of Israel moved camp according to the mouth of YHVH. From this point Ross shows what led to the birth of prophecy. Working carefully through various texts he demonstrates that prophecy is the method by which YHVH chose to speak to His people. Contrary to popular opinion, Ross goes on to show that the Spirit is an essential part of the ancient Hebrew Covenant.

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