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Q&A#109 Why Doesn't Eleazar Die in the Wilderness?

Alastair Roberts

Q&A#109 Why Doesn't Eleazar Die in the Wilderness?

February 20, 2019
Alastair Roberts
Alastair Roberts

Today's question: "What does the entrance of Aaron's son Eleazar into the promised land say about the curse upon the generation which rebelled at the edge of the promised land? We see him in Numbers 3, Numbers 4 (apparently as an adult), Numbers 16, in Numbers 19, and we see him taking over Aaron's office in Numbers 20. Unless another Eleazar is meant, he doesn't die until Joshua chapter 24. Based on the curse in Numbers 14 "your corpses will fall in this wilderness, even all your numbered men, according to your complete number from twenty years old and upward" are we to conclude that Numbers had described Eleazar as assisting with priestly service at some age younger than twenty, or is this an indication that the curse isn't to be taken literally, and that some men from that generation other than Joshua and Caleb survived?"

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