MemberJanuary 31, 2021 at 12:57 pm
Jumping a little bit to Islamic tradition, Muslims believe that where Moses struck the rock and water poured out fed Petra with water.
If the settlement at this
time was a lush urban oasis in the middle of the red desert, it is easy
to see why, in local tradition, the episode from the biblical Book of
Exodus—in which Moses makes water flow by striking a rock from his
staff—is set in Petra. According to the local version, the narrow wadi
known as the Siq, along which Burckhardt himself had arrived in Petra,
was formed by the torrent of water released after Moses struck the rock.
And the Bible seems to tie the area of Kadesh with water that Moses brought from the rock too. This verse below seems strangely worded to me by using the term “Meribah Kadesh.”
51 This is because both of you broke faith with me in the presence of the Israelites at the waters of Meribah Kadesh in the Desert of Zin and because you did not uphold my holiness among the Israelites. (Deut. 32:51 NIV)