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  • Deborah Hurn

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    December 30, 2020 at 12:38 am

    Israel left Rameses in Goshen on the 15th day of the first month of the new Hebrew year which started with the new moon (new lunar month) 2 weeks before the exodus:

    Exo 12:2 JPS ‘This month shall be unto you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.’

    The people left the Red Sea coast and entered the Wilderness of Sin on the 15th day of the second month, i.e. a full month after leaving Egypt:

    Exo 16:1 JPS And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt.

    Num 33:10-11 JPS And they journeyed from Elim, and pitched by the Red Sea. (11) And they journeyed from the Red Sea, and pitched in the wilderness of Sin.

    This means they took a full month to get from Rameses to the Wilderness of Sin. Some take this as evidence that the journey from Rameses to the Red Sea was a long way, i.e. as far as the Gulf of Aqaba.