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  • Deborah Hurn

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    January 23, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    Overview of the Theories (cont.)

    There remain three other possible interpretations of the tribal census listings that as yet appear to have no published proponents:

    — The אֶלֶף figures are military leaders (‘captains’) and the מֵאוֹת are hundreds of fighting men divided among those leaders: total population about 26,000. This produces a similar total to Mendenhall’s theory.48

    — The אֶלֶף figures are fighting men (‘warriors’) and the מֵאוֹת are other males of all ages: total population about 13,000.49

    — The אֶלֶף figures are fighting men (‘warriors’) and the מֵאוֹת are rounded totals of all people in each tribe: total population about 6000.50

    48 This is 598 leaders (אֶלֶף) plus 5550 men (מֵאוֹת), doubled for underage males, doubled again for females, plus a proportionate estimate for the tribe of Levi.
    49 This is 598 warriors (אֶלֶף) plus 5550 other males (מֵאוֹת), doubled for females, plus a proportionate estimate for the tribe of Levi.
    50 This is 5550 people including the 600 warriors (אֶלֶף ), plus a proportionate estimate for the tribe of Levi.