June 03, 2007
Breadcrumb: By the way, he died
Amid the long lists of place-names, Num. 33:37-39 provides a short aside to tell us that Aaron died. You would think, given that he was the high priest and 123 years old at his death, this would have been marked by more than a few verses thrust into the middle of an unrelated list. Instead, the text picks up right away with more of the itinerary. It seems that Aaron's death only warranted a footnote in the Biblical annals.