The Book of Numbers and the NYT: On the…

There’s a story from the Bible that’s relevant to something I want to talk about. Bear with me. In the book of Numbers, the Jewish people find themselves at the outskirts of the land of Canaan. God has promised them this land; according to him, it is theirs for the taking. He tells Moses to select 12 spies from the leadership of the twelve tribes of Israel and have them scout out Canaan. It’s important that these are leaders; these are people selected by the various tribes to represent them. These were people who could be reasonably expected to represent the will of their respective groups.

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