We live in a numbers age. Many of us, have a driver’s license number, a social security number, a PIN number, numerical passwords, numbered bank accounts, credit card numbers, a house number, a zip code number, etc.,—more numbers than we can count!
If we go further back in history to ancient Israel, then we find still a different time numerically. The ancient Hebrew language had words for numbers, but they were much more limited than the Greeks or Romans. The Ancient Near Eastern societies were not built around numbers the way ours is today.
Mark Lanier reminds us we always need to be careful to seek first to understand Scripture within its own historical context and frame of reference, for God placed his revelation in historical interactions with his people. This care becomes especially relevant as we conclude our study of the Scriptural account of the exodus in relation to archaeological evidence.