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  • Deborah Hurn

    January 15, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    The first station of the Sinai-to-Kadesh journey is Taberah. This station is the destination of the third day of travel through the Wilderness of Paran.

    Num 11:1-3 NRSV  Now when the people complained in the hearing of the LORD about their misfortunes, the LORD heard it and his anger was kindled. Then the fire of the LORD burned against them, and consumed some outlying parts of the camp.  (2)  But the people cried out to Moses; and Moses prayed to the LORD, and the fire abated.  (3)  So that place was called Taberah, because the fire of the LORD burned against them.

    Taberah is mentioned once more as a place where Israel “provoked the LORD to wrath” (Deut 9:22), but it is not listed in the Numbers itinerary, which passes from Sinai straight to the next named station of the Sinai-to-Kadesh journey, Kibroth-hattaavah.

    Num 33:16 NRSV  They set out from the wilderness of Sinai and camped at Kibroth-hattaavah.

    The Numbers itinerary also neglects to mention the three days in the Wilderness of Paran, but no matter… the itinerary must be compiled from all the biblical texts, not just one.