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  • Deborah Hurn

    January 15, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    In comparing the length of the Israelites’ actual journey between Mount Sinai-Horeb and Kadesh with the “eleven days” of the statement in Deut 1:2, we see there is a shortfall of 5 days. The Israelite itinerary is 3 days altogether; 3 dry days and 3 named stations:

    • 3 days in the Wilderness of Paran, to
    • Taberah, to
    • Kibroth-hattaavah, to
    • Hazeroth, to
    • the Wilderness of Paran.

    From the next story, that of the spying expedition to Canaan, we find out that the people have actually arrived at Kadesh, here associated with the Wilderness of Paran:

    Num 13:3 NRSV  So Moses sent [the 12 spies] from the wilderness of Paran, according to the command of the LORD, all of them leading men among the Israelites.
    Num 13:26 NRSV And they came to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation of the Israelites in the wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land.

    So the terminus of the Israelite journey from Sinai is established to be Kadesh, with only 6 days of travel detailed in the Numbers narrative.