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  • Deborah Hurn

    January 14, 2021 at 7:46 am

    The 11 days’ distance of Deut 1:2 has been used to disqualify the Har Karkom candidate for Mount Sinai. Har Karkom (Central Negev Highlands) is one of the three most popular candidates for Mount Sinai. The other two main candidates, Jebel Musa (Southern Sinai) and Jebel el-Lawz (Saudi Arabia) are both 237 linear km from Kadesh at Ayn Qudayrat (Northern Sinai). How odd they should both be the same distance away, albeit in different directions! This distance would indicate a daily rate of travel of about 25-30 km per day which is about right for military and commercial travellers, but a bit too far for pastoral travellers.

    Har Karkom, however, is only 50 linear km from Kadesh! This is such a dramatic shortfall that the scholars have largely been dismissive of the Har Karkom candidate for this reason alone. I will copy what they say in subsequent posts.