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MemberFebruary 15, 2021 at 6:10 am
Thomas, you should post Exodus 23:30 over on the Population of the Israelites during Exodus discussion. That verse and Deuteronomy 7:1 about seven nations of Canaan greater and mightier than Israel pretty much ends any doubts that the census numbers have been corrupted. The Israelites were a mixed population of all ages. The young, sick, and elderly could ride donkeys and wagons where available. Still, as you note, their overall progress each day was probably modest even if they travelled extra hours in the first three days.
Yes, Google Earth shows that the granite range that bounds the eastern shore of the Red Sea gulf is a maze of steep narrow mountain wadis just like the corresponding granite range of the Southern Sinai. Granite is impermeable, unlike the limestone that runs the length of the Land of Israel and the Central Negev. Limestone absorbs and channels water and can, therefore, support vegetation for flocks and herds. Granite regions characteristically only support a few woody shrubs in the wadi floors.