MemberFebruary 3, 2021 at 8:49 pm
Beitzel, Barry J. Where Was the Biblical Red Sea? Examining the Ancient Evidence. Bellingham, WA: Lexham, 2020. https://www.logos.com/product/192980/where-was-the-biblical-red-sea-examining-the-ancient-evidence.
This book is a new release that specifically addresses the problems discussed in this forum:
 “Unlike a lack of geographical clarity that exists for Etham and the wilderness of Etham, we have relatively lucid, revealing geographical indicators for the location of Shur and the wilderness of Shur.”
 על־פני מצרים al-pene mizraim lit. “to the face of Egypt”… al-pene occurs nearly 20x in the OT in explicitly geographical context (quotes)
[49-50] Lists and discusses all instances of על־פני al-pene meaning without exception “near, opposite, facing, beside, adjacent”. “I have found no unambiguous exceptions to this syntactical or geographical reality found embedded in such a construction.”
 Accordingly the clause שׁור אשׁר על־פני מצרים shur asher al-pene mizraim Shur that before Egypt (JPS Gen 25:18; 1 Sam 15:7) plainly designates a close geographic proximity to Egypt…. To locate the site of Shur and the wilderness of Shur in the Transjordanian mountains… more than 200 roadway miles (322 km) from the eastern edge of Egypt, or to argue that al-pene in these two texts merely denotes the latitude of Shur, not the location… is in my view an extraordinarily glaring violation of Hebrew lexicography and grammar and a strained and unsustainable assertion with respect to Hebrew syntax.