MemberJanuary 29, 2021 at 10:15 am
Stuart, the ancient conditions of an area are reflected in the nature and distribution of archaeological remains. The walled cities of Canaan-Israel do not extend further south than the Beersheba Valley. This indicates that there was not enough rain for perennial agriculture beyond this point. There are scattered semi-nomadic remains in the Central and Southern Negev up until the Intermediate Bronze Age (incl.), but for some centuries after that (throughout the Middle and Late Bronze Ages and up to the Iron Age II) there is no evidence of human habitation in the southern wildernesses. For sure, if there was plenty of water and good vegetation, there would have been settlements with structures, as there are in the north.
Take care that you do not forget the LORD your God.... who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, an arid wasteland with poisonous snakes and scorpions. He made water flow for you from flint rock, and fed you in the wilderness with manna that your ancestors did not know, to humble you and to test you, and in the end to do you good. (Deu 8:11-16 NRSV)