MemberJune 17, 2021 at 1:46 am
Ron, are referring to my observation that the east side of the Aqaba Gulf is barren and unsuitable for flocks? The mountain range alongside the gulf is granite, as far north as the watershed of the Arabah, impervious to rain which runs off to the sea. The same granite peaks are found across the Gulf in the Southern Sinai. Neither of these regions on both sides of the Aqaba Gulf is ‘pastureland’ suitable for supporting a semi-nomadic tribal nation. These regions were always barren, crossed by camel traders connecting the great empires of the Euphrates and the Nile. The limestone and sandstone mountain ranges further north in the Southern Transjordan and Negev Highlands absorb and channel rainwater. There the wadis are vegetated. The marginal lands of Southern Canaan, Edom, and Moab have been pastoral territory throughout human history.