I have finished reading Igor Lipovsky’s Early Israelites: Two People, One History.

One thing had been nagging at the back of my mind about Lipovsky’s notion that Moses sought permission from Pharaoh to make a pilgrimage to a Western Semite mountain of God three days into the wilderness from the Nile Delta.

I could not remember a mountain in that area.  It would depend, I suppose, on how far they could go in a day.  Not very far, I would think.  I have a ranching background and believe that you could only go five or six miles a day driving livestock.  Even on camels and not herding anything, fifteen miles a day in the wilderness would be stretching it, I think. There just are no mountains east of Ismalia in the Sinai desert anyplace where that rate would take them.

So I went back and looked at the passages in…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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