Number of people killed by Biblical Moses

Table of Content

1 Egyptian before Prophethood

3000 Israelites on idolatry to golden Calf

1 Israelite the sabbath breaker

1 Israelite the blasphemer

1 Israelite and 1 Moabite woman on interfaith marriage

Every Midianite except 32,000 virgin girls

King of Arad and all his people

King Sihon and all his people

King Og, his 60 cities , many villages and all his people

 

1 Egyptian before Prophethood

Reference: Exodus 2:11-12King James Version (KJV)

Online Source: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+2:11-12

11 And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren.

12 And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.

3000 Israelites on idolatry to golden Calf

Exodus 32:27-28 King James Version (KJV)

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+32%3A27-28&version=KJV

27 And he said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour.

28 And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.

1 Israelite the Sabbath breaker:

Numbers 15:32-36 New International Version (NIV)

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers%2015:32-36

The Sabbath-Breaker Put to Death
32 While the Israelites were in the wilderness, a man was found gathering wood on the Sabbath day. 33 Those who found him gathering wood brought him to Moses and Aaron and the whole assembly, 34 and they kept him in custody, because it was not clear what should be done to him. 35 Then the Lord said to Moses, “The man must die. The whole assembly must stone him outside the camp.” 36 So the assembly took him outside the camp and stoned him to death, as the Lord commanded Moses.

 

1 Israelite on Blasphemy

Leviticus 24:10-23 King James Version (KJV)

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus+24%3A10-23&version=KJV

10 And the son of an Israelitish woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the children of Israel: and this son of the Israelitish woman and a man of Israel strove together in the camp;

11 And the Israelitish woman’s son blasphemed the name of the Lord, and cursed. And they brought him unto Moses: (and his mother’s name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan:)

12 And they put him in ward, that the mind of the Lord might be shewed them.

13 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

14 Bring forth him that hath cursed without the camp; and let all that heard him lay their hands upon his head, and let all the congregation stone him.

15 And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Whosoever curseth his God shall bear his sin.

16 And he that blasphemeth the name of the Lord, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the Lord, shall be put to death.

 

23 And Moses spake to the children of Israel, that they should bring forth him that had cursed out of the camp, and stone him with stones. And the children of Israel did as the Lord commanded Moses.

 

An Israelite man and a Moab woman on interfaith marriage:

Numbers 25:6-9New International Version (NIV)

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers%2015:32-36

6 Then an Israelite man brought into the camp a Midianite woman right before the eyes of Moses and the whole assembly of Israel while they were weeping at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 7 When Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, saw this, he left the assembly, took a spear in his hand 8 and followed the Israelite into the tent. He drove the spear into both of them, right through the Israelite man and into the woman’s stomach. Then the plague against the Israelites was stopped; 9 but those who died in the plague numbered 24,000.

 

Many Israelites for sexual immorality with Moabite women

Numbers 25:1-5New International Version (NIV)

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+25%3A1-5&version=NIV

Moab Seduces Israel
25 While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women, 2 who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods. The people ate the sacrificial meal and bowed down before these gods. 3 So Israel yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor. And the Lord’s anger burned against them.

4 The Lord said to Moses, “Take all the leaders of these people, kill them and expose them in broad daylight before the Lord, so that the Lord’s fierce anger may turn away from Israel.”

5 So Moses said to Israel’s judges, “Each of you must put to death those of your people who have yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor.”

Rashi on 25:5

http://www.sefaria.org/Rashi_on_Numbers.25.5.1?lang=en

KILL EVERYONE HIS MEN — Each one of the judges of Israel killed two men (אנשיו is plural), and the judges of Israel were eighty-eight thousand in number, as it is related in Sanhedrin (cf. Sanhedrin 18a).

 

Every Midianite except 32,000 virgin girls

Numbers 31:1-10New International Version (NIV)

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+31%3A1-10&version=NIV

Vengeance on the Midianites
31 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Take vengeance on the Midianites for the Israelites. After that, you will be gathered to your people.”

3 So Moses said to the people, “Arm some of your men to go to war against the Midianites so that they may carry out the Lord’s vengeance on them. 4 Send into battle a thousand men from each of the tribes of Israel.” 5 So twelve thousand men armed for battle, a thousand from each tribe, were supplied from the clans of Israel. 6 Moses sent them into battle, a thousand from each tribe, along with Phinehas son of Eleazar, the priest, who took with him articles from the sanctuary and the trumpets for signaling.

7 They fought against Midian, as the Lord commanded Moses, and killed every man. 8 Among their victims were Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur and Reba—the five kings of Midian. They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword. 9 The Israelites captured the Midianite women and children and took all the Midianite herds, flocks and goods as plunder. 10 They burned all the towns where the Midianites had settled, as well as all their camps.

 

Numbers 31:15-18New International Version (NIV)

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+31%3A15-18&version=NIV

15 “Have you allowed all the women to live?” he asked them. 16 “They were the ones who followed Balaam’s advice and enticed the Israelites to be unfaithful to the Lord in the Peor incident, so that a plague struck the Lord’s people. 17 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

Numbers 31:32-35New International Version (NIV)

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+31%3A32-35&version=NIV

32 The plunder remaining from the spoils that the soldiers took was 675,000 sheep, 33 72,000 cattle, 34 61,000 donkeys 35 and 32,000 women who had never slept with a man.

Talmud tells us that virgin girls were actually girls of age less than 3 and girls of age greater than 3 were killed.

Reference: Yebamoth 60b

http://www.halakhah.com/yebamoth/yebamoth_60.html#PARTb

It was taught: R. Simeon b. Yohai stated: A proselyte who is under the age of three years and one day is permitted to marry a priest,13 for it is said, But all the women children that have not known man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves,14 and Phinehas15 surely was with them. And the Rabbis?16 — [These were kept alive] as bondmen and bondwomen.17 If so,18 a proselyte whose age is three years and one day19 should also be permitted! — [The prohibition is to be explained] in accordance with R. Huna. For R. Huna pointed out a contradiction: It is written, Kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him,20 but if she hath not known, save her alive; from this it may be inferred that children are to be kept alive whether they have known or have not known [a man]; and, on the other hand, it is also written, But all the women children, that have not known man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves,14 but do not spare them if they have known. Consequently21 it must be said that Scripture speaks of one who is fit22 for cohabitation.23
It was also taught likewise: And every woman that hath known man;20 Scripture speaks of one who is fit23 for cohabitation. You say, ‘Of one who is fit for cohabitation’; perhaps it is not so but of one who had actual intercourse? — As Scripture stated, But all women children, that have not known man by lying with him,24 it must be concluded that Scripture speaks of one who is fit for cohabitation.23

13. She is not regarded as a harlot.
14. Num. XXXI, 18.
15. Who was a priest.
16. How could they, contrary to the opinion of R. Simeon b. Yohai, which has Scriptural support, forbid the marriage of the young proselyte?
17. Not for matrimony.
18. That, according to R. Simeon, Num. XXXI, 18 refers to matrimony.
19. So long as she has ‘not known man’.
20. Num. XXXI, 17.
21. To reconcile the contradiction.
22. I.e., one who had attained the age of three years and one day.
23. Not one who had actually experienced it

 

Midianites death toll estimation:
According to Numbers 31: 35 32,000 virgins were kept alive. According to Talmud Yebamoth 60b girls of age less than 3 were kept alive and all girls of age above 3 were killed. Now let’s analyze what percentage of population is female of age 0-3. According to kidscount, 5.7 % population of North Dakota is of of age 3. Assuming 50-50 male-female Population, female age 0-3 will be 2.9% of total Population. Hence if 32,000 are 2.9% of Mediante population, total population of Mediante should be around 1.1 Million out of which 1.07 million were allegedly killed by Moses. Though this number seems exaggerated, Jews and Christians shouldn’t be surprised with this number. Bible supports such Numbers. According to Bible, 0.6 Million Israelite men(excluding women and children) were in Exodus. Since Median was half-brother of Isaac, 1.1 Million number seems reasonable.
But some may argue about this number. Let’s take low estimation.
Medianite females were notourious for shrine population. Also At that time, early marriages were quite common. I assume that after age 14, every Mediante girl used to engage in sexual activity. According to world bank, 26% population of world is between age 0-14. Roughly 13% would be female. If 13% of Mediantes is 32,000, then the total population should be 246,000 out of which 214,000 were killed.

 

King of Arad, all his towns and all his people

Numbers 21:1-3New International Version (NIV)

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+21%3A1-3&version=NIV

Arad Destroyed
21 When the Canaanite king of Arad, who lived in the Negev, heard that Israel was coming along the road to Atharim, he attacked the Israelites and captured some of them. 2 Then Israel made this vow to the Lord: “If you will deliver these people into our hands, we will totally destroy[a] their cities.” 3 The Lord listened to Israel’s plea and gave the Canaanites over to them. They completely destroyed them and their towns; so the place was named Hormah.[b]

King Sihon, All his towns and all his people

Numbers 21:21-26New International Version (NIV)

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+21%3A21-26&version=NIV

21 Israel sent messengers to say to Sihon king of the Amorites:

22 “Let us pass through your country. We will not turn aside into any field or vineyard, or drink water from any well. We will travel along the King’s Highway until we have passed through your territory.”

23 But Sihon would not let Israel pass through his territory. He mustered his entire army and marched out into the wilderness against Israel. When he reached Jahaz, he fought with Israel. 24 Israel, however, put him to the sword and took over his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, but only as far as the Ammonites, because their border was fortified. 25 Israel captured all the cities of the Amorites and occupied them, including Heshbon and all its surrounding settlements. 26 Heshbon was the city of Sihon king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab and had taken from him all his land as far as the Arnon.

Deuteronomy 2:34New International Version (NIV)

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+2%3A34&version=NIV

34 At that time we took all his towns and completely destroyed[a] them—men, women and children. We left no survivors.

King Og, his 60 cities, many villages and all his people

Numbers 21:32-35New International Version (NIV)

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+21%3A32-35&version=NIV

32 After Moses had sent spies to Jazer, the Israelites captured its surrounding settlements and drove out the Amorites who were there. 33 Then they turned and went up along the road toward Bashan, and Og king of Bashan and his whole army marched out to meet them in battle at Edrei.

34 The Lord said to Moses, “Do not be afraid of him, for I have delivered him into your hands, along with his whole army and his land. Do to him what you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon.”

35 So they struck him down, together with his sons and his whole army, leaving them no survivors. And they took possession of his land.

And there were 60 cities and many villages under him all of which were destroyed including men, women and children.

Deuteronomy 3:4-6New International Version (NIV)

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+3%3A+4-6&version=NIV

4 At that time we took all his cities. There was not one of the sixty cities that we did not take from them—the whole region of Argob, Og’s kingdom in Bashan. 5 All these cities were fortified with high walls and with gates and bars, and there were also a great many unwalled villages. 6 We completely destroyed[a] them, as we had done with Sihon king of Heshbon, destroying[b] every city—men, women and children.

Massacre’s Estimation:

Let’s assume every city has population of 1000 and suppose there were 400 villages and every village has a population of 100. Summing up will give us the Number 0.1 M.

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