The Correlated Story of Zelophehad’s Daughters

It has come to the attention of the Church Correlation Department that many of the stories told in the Bible have not passed Correlation review prior to being included in the scriptural canon. Rather than go through a lengthy and complex process of decanonization, the Correlation Department has undertaken to simply rewrite the unreviewed stories to smooth off the rough edges. The resulting stories will preserve the gospel truths present in the original, but will remove the false philosophies of men that have been inserted by evil and conspiring scribes.

Our first rewritten scripture story comes from Numbers 27.

Then came the daughters of Zelophehad to petition Moses. For their father died in the wilderness, and had no sons. They desired that Moses bring their cause before the Lord, that perhaps the inheritance of their father might pass unto them. And these are the names of the daughters of Zelophehad: Mahlah, Noah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Tirzah.

But Nadab spake unto them, saying, Surely Moses shall not consider such a small matter. And he turned them away.

And the daughters of Zelophehad returned when the elders of Israel were gathered, to put up their petition to Moses. And they stood nigh unto the tabernacle. But Nadab spake unto them, saying, Behold, you shall not command Moses, but God shall command Moses. If Moses had need of hearing of this matter, surely God would reveal it unto him. And he turned them away again.

Then Eleazar the priest spake unto the children of Israel, saying, Behold if a man shall die, having no sons, his inheritance shall pass to his brethren. And Aaron went among the people and said, Surely those who bring false petitions shall be cut off from among the people. And the people asked if he spake of the daughters of Zelophehad, but he did not answer them.

And the daughters of Zelophehad were angry. And they went among the people and spake unto them, saying, We desire that Moses bring our cause before the Lord. And the people reviled them, and asked whether they believed that Moses was indeed a prophet. And they said surely if the Lord desireth inheritance to pass to daughters, he will reveal it unto Moses in his own due time. For behold, did not Eleazar plainly say that if a man have no sons, his inheritance shall pass to his brethren?

And Abihu went forth and cast the daughters of Zelophehad out of the congregation, and cut them off from among the people. And the inheritance of Zelophehad passed to his brethren.

And after many years, the word of the Lord came unto Joshua, the son of Nun, saying, thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a man die, and have no son, then ye shall cause his inheritance to pass unto his daughter.



  1. And the people said one to another, “Behold, have we not prayed and wished for this revelation for many years? Yea behold, we have always known the old policy would be changed, for surely it was a policy, and never a doctrine.”

  2. This almost made me cry. It’s too true.

    But I’m glad you included “And after many years…”


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