MemberJanuary 1, 2021 at 2:56 am
To appraise the different route options I believe we also need to clarify the usage of the Hebrew for “turn back”. How is this Hebrew phrase used elsewhere in the Old Testament?
Does it always mean a u-turn as argued by Steve Rudd or can it also mean a regular turn to the left or the right?
Most uses of the Hebrew “shub” do indicate a full turn.
One example that probably means the latter is Joshua 19:12
“And turned (Heb: shub) from Sarid eastward toward the sunrising [this border wouldn’t have turned 180 degrees] unto the border of Chislothtabor, and then goeth out to Daberath, and goeth up to Japhia.”