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#18. Bitter Oaths


The Sotah Ritual, engraving by Jan Luyken, 1703.

Numbers may be named after its two censuses, but it also begins with two major examples of oath-taking: the Nazirite vow and the test of bitter waters. Join the Third Hour Podcast as we delve into their possible meanings — and explore what it means to read scripture that's vague or horrifying.


You can read along in Numbers 1.1 - 10.10.