Bible Cartoon: Numbers 16 - Korah’s rebellion - Scene 01 - Korah opposes Moses

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Bible Book: Numbers
Bible Book Code: 0401600101
Scene no: 1 of 12

Bible Reference & Cartoon Description

Numbers 16:1-3 (ANIV)
Korah, Dathan and Abiram
1 Korah son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and certain Reubenites—Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth—became insolent [1] 2 and rose up against Moses. With them were 250 Israelite men, well-known community leaders who had been appointed members of the council. 3 They came as a group to oppose Moses and Aaron and said to them, “You have gone too far! The whole community is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is with them. Why then do you set yourselves above the Lord’s assembly?”

Or, Peleth-took men…


Unspecified in Bible, I have set the scene in the mid morning.

Sunlight (above & to the right) illuminates this scene, casting shadows to the left of figures & objects.

From left to right: Dathan son of Eliab (brother of Abiram; in purple outer robe), On son of Peleth (the little man in front, with fist raised!), Abiram son of Eliab (brother of Dathan; wearing green & brown turban), Korah son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi (wearing yellow & blue fringed outer robe). Joshua, son of Nun (in green scarf & turban), Aaron (in brown outer robe) & Moses (in pale blue outer robe & white turban with 2 blue stripes).

This is the first scene in the set illustrating the rebellion of Korah, Dathan, Abiram, On & others against Moses and Aaron.

I have included Joshua because the Bible explains that he was Moses’ assistant, and so was probably present for most/all of the scenes in this series, and was probably present for most of the events in the book of Numbers fo that matter!

Behind the figures we can see a little of the white linen courtyard that surrounded the Tent of Meeting, or Tabernacle. Part of the brightly coloured entrance to the courtyard can be seen behind Moses on the right of the picture. Exodus 27:9-15 describes God’s instructions to Moses of the exact dimensions & nature of the courtyard & the entrance to the courtyard (see below).

I enjoyed drawing the expressions on the faces of the people in this scene. The four opponents of Moses ( Korah, Dathan, Abiram & On) on the left of the picture all look rather cross, angry & aggrieved with Moses, who looks rather puzzles & apologetic! Aaron looks non-plussed, whilst Joshua looks indignant & is protective of Moses!

Moses, Aaron & Joshua I have drawn previously, so I used the features, clothes & colouring I have already established for them. The 4 opponents of Moses are new figures, which I haven’t drawn previously. This scene will be the basis for their features, expressions, clothing & colourings in future pictures including these men.

Notice the gold pendant on Korah’s hat, which includes the first Hebrew letter of his name.

Exodus 27:9-19 (ANIV)
9 “Make a courtyard for the tabernacle. The south side shall be a hundred cubits [2] long and is to have curtains of finely twisted linen, 10 with twenty posts and twenty bronze bases and with silver hooks and bands on the posts. 11 The north side shall also be a hundred cubits long and is to have curtains, with twenty posts and twenty bronze bases and with silver hooks and bands on the posts.

12 “The west end of the courtyard shall be fifty cubits [3] wide and have curtains, with ten posts and ten bases. 13 On the east end, towards the sunrise, the courtyard shall also be fifty cubits wide. 14 Curtains fifteen cubits [4] long are to be on one side of the entrance, with three posts and three bases, 15 and curtains fifteen cubits long are to be on the other side, with three posts and three bases.

16 “For the entrance to the courtyard, provide a curtain twenty cubits [5] long, of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen—the work of an embroiderer—with four posts and four bases. 17 All the posts around the courtyard are to have silver bands and hooks, and bronze bases. 18 The courtyard shall be a hundred cubits long and fifty cubits [6] wide, with curtains of finely twisted linen five cubits [7] high, and with bronze bases. 19 All the other articles used in the service of the tabernacle, whatever their function, including all the tent pegs for it and those for the courtyard, are to be of bronze.

That is, about 150 feet (about 46 metres). Also in Exodus 27:11.

That is, about 75 feet (about 23 metres). Also in Exodus 27:13.

That is, about 22.5 feet (about 6.9 metres). Also in Exodus 27:15.

That is, about 30 feet (about 9 metres).

That is, about 150 feet (about 46 metres) long and about 75 feet (about 23 metres) wide.

That is, about 7.5 feet (2.3 metres).