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  • Deborah Hurn

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    February 17, 2021 at 11:10 am

    This topic has sunk to near the bottom of the second page of discussions, so here goes to get it to the top. The question of how many days’ journey from Rameses to the Red Sea is important for deciding the likely location of the crossing. The first post above lists the stations of the exodus journey with the observation that both the Exodus narrative and the Numbers itinerary seem to be describing daily stages. As established in other discussions on the HFS forum, it is unlikely that the Israelites as a large mixed pastoral group with wagons and livestock were able to travel more than 20 km a day or keep up that pace for longer than three days. The best resource for the daily rate of travel in the Ancient Near East by era is:

    Davies, Graham I. “The Significance of Deuteronomy 1.2 for the Location of Mount Horeb.” Palestine Exploration Quarterly 111, no. 2 (1979): 87–101.

    If anyone would like the pdf, email me at [email protected]. Davies gives a thorough treatment of the distance of a day’s journey in the ANE in Biblical, Apocryphal, Classical, Early Christian, and Modern times.