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Book of Numbers
by George Bush
George Bush (1796-1858) was noted for his notes on each book of the Bible from Genesis through Judges, all published separately until 1870 when all appeared in a 6-volume edition. He also published a Hebrew grammar. All of these are now very rare and hard to come by.
Very little is now known of his life, except his elite education at Dartmouth and then at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Spurgeon wrote: ''Although Bush is indebted to many authors, he is by no means a mere collector; his remarks repay you for consultation,''
And elsewhere, Bush is a careful illustrator of the Word and apt at giving the practical lesson. His works are well compiled'' (Commenting and Commentaries, pages 62, 63)
Cyril Barber comments, ''Succinct, helpful comments based upon the Hebrew Text'' (The Minister's Library.)
Being a Professor of Hebrew at the University of the City of New York, one might expect to receive considerable insights into the Hebrew words in this book of the Bible. The Hebrew references are numerous, however taking pity on the reader, he transliterates the Hebrew. Then he translates the Hebrew literally. Further, he gives many instances where the word is used in other verses of the Scriptures. In these will often be a variety of meanings assigned, with an explanation of why there is a difference.
For instance, numbering is not properly what God does. He needs no head count, nor enumeration of say the stars. He regards this as an inspection, and an arrangement, or in some cases a mustering. God regards numbering as His prerogative alone. Bush explains that this is why David's sin in ''numbering'' the population is such a sin, and why Joab objected. It explains the severity of the punishment meted out for this presumptuous action.
Many passages of the Scriptures are then explained to the reader. As Spurgeon hinted, Bush drew from many sources. Many he quotes, such as Ainsworth's notes, and those of Bishop Hall. In other cases, he assimilates the information he had learned over a period of decades. Apparently, like Ainsworth, he made notes throughout the Pentateuch.
The King James Version appears on each page in larger type, then the notes below in smaller type. If the reader can manage the smaller type (7 point), there will be a wealth of information transferred. The literal translations are particularly helpful to the understanding of any words.
George Bush (1796-1859) was a prominent biblical scholar, preacher and controversialist. After graduation from Dartmouth in 1818 and study at Princeton Theological Seminary, Bush was ordained at the Salem Presbytery in Indiana (1825) and was appointed pastor of a church in Indianapolis.
From 1831 to 1847, Bush was Professor of Hebrew and Oriental Literature at New York University and pursued a prolific publishing career that established a strong scholarly reputation. His contributions include The Life of Mohammed (1830), A Grammar of the Hebrew Language (1835), an extensive series of commentaries on books of the Old Testament, and the highly controversial Anastasias: or, the doctrine of the resurrection of the Body, rationally and scripturally considered (1844), all showing the marks of Bush's encyclopedic knowledge and his highly rationalistic approach to theological and scriptural questions. His fame as a preacher and educator blossomed at N.Y.U., and during this time, too, he also became a committed advocate for the immediate abolition of slavery.
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