MemberJanuary 25, 2021 at 10:51 pm
Width and length of the roads: Moses led the Israelites along the regular routes. They went by the Way of the Wilderness of the Red Sea (Ex. 13:18), the Way of Mt. Seir (Deut 1:2), the Way of the Mountain of the Amorites (1:19), the Way of the Red Sea (Num 14:25), the Way of the Atharim (21:1), the King’s Highway (v. 22), the Way of the Aravah (Dt. 2:8), the Way of the Wilderness of Moab (2:8) and the Way of Bashan (3:1). At least five of the above were desert roads which connected water sources by the most convenient route between regions, including narrow mountain passes and dry river beds. The ancient desert roads were no more than narrow trails. Generally, it was not until Roman times that they were, in some places, graded and quarried. When the American West was being settled, a typical wagon train was about half a kilometre long and included some 250 people.1 Moses promised the king of Edom that the Israelites would never step off the road through his territory (Num 20:17). If one kilometre of roadway could hold about 500 Israelites with wagons and flocks, then the length of the Israelite march would be at least 4000 km long. Such a length of people would stretch from Egypt to the border of China. Even if the wagons went 10 abreast, the train would still be 400 km long, and if they journeyed a hundred wagon abreast, such a massive train would still be 40 km long. Israel would not have been able to stay on the roads with such a mass of people.
101 Bible Secrets that Christians Do Not Know, Martin E. L., p. 218, (Associates for Scriptural Knowledge, 1993).