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Plus 42 additional towns for the Levites

PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 1:29 pm
by Sander
In this week's parsha, Masei, it says that the number of towns for the Levites shall be the 6 cities of refuge, plus 42 additional towns. (Numbers chapter 35, verses 6 and 7). Notice in verse 6, it says 6 cities of refuge plus 42, then in verse 7 it says 48 in total.

6. Among the cities you shall give to the Levites, shall be six cities of refuge, which you shall provide [as places] to which a murderer can flee. In addition to them, you shall provide forty two cities. ו. וְאֵת הֶעָרִים אֲשֶׁר תִּתְּנוּ לַלְוִיִּם אֵת שֵׁשׁ עָרֵי הַמִּקְלָט אֲשֶׁר תִּתְּנוּ לָנֻס שָׁמָּה הָרֹצֵחַ וַעֲלֵיהֶם תִּתְּנוּ אַרְבָּעִים וּשְׁתַּיִם עִיר:
7. All the cities you shall give to the Levites shall number forty eight cities, them with their open spaces. ז. כָּל הֶעָרִים אֲשֶׁר תִּתְּנוּ לַלְוִיִּם אַרְבָּעִים וּשְׁמֹנֶה עִיר אֶתְהֶן וְאֶת מִגְרְשֵׁיהֶן:


It jumps out at me from the text, that the number 42, the number of additional towns, is the same as the number of Journeys and camps listed at the beginning of parsha Masei. I don't believe anything is ever a coincidence. Could this equation mean something, number of journeys and camps equals number of additional Levite towns?