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  • Deborah Hurn

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    January 15, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    So which is right then? the 11 days between Horeb (Sinai) and Kadesh as stated in Deut 1:2, or the 6 days of Israel’s actual journey in the second year after exodus? The usual ‘fix’ is that the Numbers narrative is selective… it only details 6 of the 11 days. That’s an option. But there is another issue with that: the Numbers itinerary gives a list of some 20 stations between Sinai and Kadesh (and we know Taberah is in there too):

    Num 33:16-36 NRSV
    (16) They set out from the wilderness of Sinai and camped at Kibroth-hattaavah.
    (17) They set out from Kibroth-hattaavah and camped at Hazeroth.
    (18) They set out from Hazeroth and camped at Rithmah.
    (19) They set out from Rithmah and camped at Rimmon-perez.
    (20) They set out from Rimmon-perez and camped at Libnah.
    (21) They set out from Libnah and camped at Rissah.
    (22) They set out from Rissah and camped at Kehelathah.
    (23) They set out from Kehelathah and camped at Mount Shepher.
    (24) They set out from Mount Shepher and camped at Haradah.
    (25) They set out from Haradah and camped at Makheloth.
    (26) They set out from Makheloth and camped at Tahath.
    (27) They set out from Tahath and camped at Terah.
    (28) They set out from Terah and camped at Mithkah.
    (29) They set out from Mithkah and camped at Hashmonah.
    (30) They set out from Hashmonah and camped at Moseroth.
    (31) They set out from Moseroth and camped at Bene-jaakan.
    (32) They set out from Bene-jaakan and camped at Hor-haggidgad.
    (33) They set out from Hor-haggidgad and camped at Jotbathah.
    (34) They set out from Jotbathah and camped at Abronah.
    (35) They set out from Abronah and camped at Ezion-geber.
    (36) They set out from Ezion-geber and camped in the wilderness of Zin (that is, Kadesh).