Leadership in the Wilderness: Authority and Anarchy in the Book of Numbers


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by Erica Brown. Maggid Books, 2013.

Who would have thought that the book of Numbers could serve as a primer on leadership? Erica Brown did. Her book delivers an engaging interpretation of this book from the Hebrew Scriptures. It also provides observations about leadership based on the experiences portrayed in Numbers. The book is a scriptural exploration of Numbers in relationship to the challenges of contemporary leadership. The characters of Numbers are metaphorical conversation partners with contemporary leaders. The subject matter includes the complex challenges many of us face, not only in our congregations, but in day to day life. For example, the opening section explores the transitions, both the frustration experienced and the opportunities offered. Dr. Brown is an educator who serves as scholar in residence for the Jewish Federation of greater Washington D.C. You can learn more about her work at {{EricaBrown.com | http://www.ericabrown.com/}}. If your clergy group wants a challenge, or if you want to read a leadership book that moves beyond extolling the sometimes cliché virtues of teams, collaboration and work-life balance, this book is for you.

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