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  • Deborah Hurn

    January 14, 2021 at 7:48 am

    Hoffmeier, James K. Ancient Israel in Sinai: The Evidence for the Authenticity of the Wilderness Tradition. Oxford: Oxford University, 2005.

    [126] Because of the reference to the eleven-day journey from Mt. Sinai to Kadesh-Barnea (‘Ain Qudeirat) Anati realises he has a problem, since the distance between his Mt. Sinai and ‘Ain Qudeirat is less than 50 km (32 miles). Hence he posits that a circuitous route through eleven stations was taken by the Israelites — but this measures only 124 km (77.5 miles). As we have shown, this distance should be around 265-350 km (165-220 miles). Because of this, and all the problems for the Har Karkom theory noted by Finkelstein, this possible Mt. Sinai seems doubtful.