(December 14, 2015)
The numbers of people in this chapter can cause some consternation for some people. After all, there is no record that we can find of hundreds of thousands of people being wiped out in a giant battle around this time period (though we can find clear evidences of large-scale warfare around this time period).
But that really isn’t that big of a deal. I suppose my view on the matter is skewed a little bit because of my understanding of some other languages, but ten thousand does not need to be a clear indication of a number. Instead it can mean (depending on the language) a lot, an uncountable amount, a large group, or a powerful group. Any of these (assuming similar linguistic history) could be applicable here.