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MemberJanuary 4, 2021 at 10:19 am
So let’s continue examining this leg of the journey from Goshen to Sinai. It has taken a month for the Israelites to leave the Red Sea coast (see Bible quotes above). This is quite a surprise for a sea crossing in the Suez Isthmus (whether in the border lakes or the Suez Gulf) which is relatively close to Egypt. What on earth were they doing?! Having a holiday?
Those who think the Red Sea crossing is on the other side of the Sinai Peninsula in the Aqaba Gulf see the lapse of a month as reflecting the ~250 km walk necessary from Goshen. But they run into a big problem with the location of the Wilderness of Shur which comes after the Red Sea crossing, yet cannot be on the far side (east of) the Aqaba Gulf according to other biblical indications (there is another forum thread about this). Anyone want to get into this?