MemberJanuary 19, 2021 at 8:03 pm
Alter’s translation (and the YLT and MKJV) of Deut 1:1-2 are clear: the terminals of this route-map are (Mount) Horeb and the east bank of the Jordan River.
These are the words that Moses spoke to all the Israelites across the Jordan in the wilderness in the Arabah opposite Suph between Paran and Tophel and Laban and Hazeroth and Di-Zahab, eleven days from Horeb by way of Mount Seir to Kadesh-Barnea.
I propose that the other toponyms in Deut 1:1-2—Suph, Paran, Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, Di-zahab, and Kadesh-barnea—are all associated with this 11-day route. Of these 7 toponyms, 4 are found elsewhere in the wilderness itinerary (Paran, Laban [Libnah], Hazeroth, Kadesh), and 3 are not found elswhere (Suph [as a site], Tophel, Di-zahab). The single road-name in v. 2, the Way of Mount Seir, is the central or definitive road of the 11-day route-map between Horeb and the Jordan river via Kadesh-barnea.