The main theme running through the Book of Numbers is the people's lack of faith as they confront the harsh trials of wilderness life.
Modern scholars find ample evidence to suggest that the Book of Numbers was not written by Moses as tradition holds, but was compiled from several sources long after the events it describes.
Tantalizing hints of early traditions are found in certain places in the Book of Numbers.
Numbers takes up the story that ended in Exodus with the successful construction of the Tabernacle.
The Book of Numbers is the fourth of the books of the Pentateuch, included in both Jewish and Christian scriptures.
The reference to a now lost "book of the wars of the Lord," occurring in Numbers 21:14, has given rise to much discussion.