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MemberMay 13, 2021 at 11:19 am
So here is a summary of a SE exit from Egypt and an exodus journey across the Central Sinai to Har Karkom as Mount Sinai. The Way of the Wilderness of the Red Sea from Succoth at Tell el-Maskhuta would pass SE to Etham on the Serapeum ridge and thence ESE down the E side of the isthmus to the Red Sea coast. But instead of crossing the isthmus SE at Etham into Sinai, Israel turns S to Pi-hahiroth on the NW shore of the Great Bitter Lake (at the mouth of the purported pharaonic canal). A wind-setdown effect along the N shore of the GBL effected by the strong SE Hamsin (wind) is feasible. After crossing the isthmus between the lake and the displaced floodwater, Israel rejoins the WotWotRS, passing SSE thru Marah at Bir el-Murrah and S through Elim at Uyn Musa, to an unnamed camp on the Red Sea (Suez coast) at Ras Sidr. The month is made up with R&R on the Suez coast at Elim and Ras Sidr.
Then Israel leaves the WotWotRS and crosses the Central Sinai (Wilderness of Sin) via Wadi Sidr and the Darb ash-Shawi (this road unnamed in the Bible), along which there are no surface water-sources, hence no named stations. After leaving the Tih plateau (Central Sinai), Israel passes NNE through 3 named stations in the Paran wadi—Dophkah, Alush, and Rephidim—towards Har Karkom at Mount Sinai. The Wilderness of Sinai is the Negev Highlands region (S of the Ramon Crater) of which Karkom is the S-most promontory. Thus, with a SE exodus, a Bitter Lakes crossing, and the Wilderness of Sin as the long-haul journey across the Peninsula, the biblical travel notices—names, waters-sources, features, and distances–line up very well with the biblical accounts. No stretching or sketching. All known roads, sites, and regions.