MemberJanuary 25, 2021 at 2:50 am
Thomas, just use the polygon function in Google Earth Pro and trace the ‘green’ area of the southern Jordan Valley. The Lisan marl dunes and the thicket in the Jordan riverbed are not habitable. The box that is visible as you trace the polygon will give you the area in various measures, sq. miles, sq. km, sq. m. Then halve it, because Abel-Shittim is only about halfway N in this region relative to the Dead Sea and Jericho. The modern-day agricultural fields more or less correspond to the level ground. Bear in mind this ‘green’ area is irrigated… the natural vegetation would be scrub, mostly sparse. The Arabah in Deut 1:1 and elsewhere is called “midbar” (wilderness).
But besides all this, the people were required to exit the camp for ablutions. That is a 20 km walk W-E and or 15 km N-S. How can anyone walk twice a day or more to the edge of a camp of 2 million people no matter how tightly you pack them? Seriously.