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  • Deborah Hurn

    January 15, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    The last of the three named stations of the Sinai-to-Kadesh journey is Hazeroth:

    Num 11:35 NRSV  From Kibroth-hattaavah the people journeyed to Hazeroth.

    Hazeroth is where Miriam and Aaron rebelled against Moses’ leadership:

    Num 12:1-2 NRSV  While they were at Hazeroth, Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had indeed married a Cushite woman);  (2)  and they said, "Has the LORD spoken only through Moses? Has he not spoken through us also?" And the LORD heard it.

    The people were at Hazeroth for a week until Miriam was readmitted to the camp, and then they entered the Wilderness of Paran:

    Num 12:15-16 NRSV So Miriam was shut out of the camp for seven days; and the people did not set out on the march until Miriam had been brought in again. (16) After that the people set out from Hazeroth, and camped in the wilderness of Paran.

    This comes as a little surprise, in that the journey started with an entry into the Wilderness of Paran (see quotes ^^) and nothing was said about leaving the wilderness in order to (apparently) enter it again after Hazeroth.