The Exodus Route Restored!
Proving the exodus route from the Bible: A scriptural proof.

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Click to ViewThe Scriptures as a whole teach, along with geographic analysis, that the Hebrews crossed the Red Sea on the Gulf of Aqaba, specifically at the Straits of Tiran.
Click to ViewThe scriptures teach that Mount Sinai is somewhere in north Saudi Arabia. (History leads us to suggest Mt. Lawz as the most likely place.)
Click to ViewThe scriptures teach that Kadesh Barnea is transjordan, somewhere south of the Dead Sea in modern Jordan. (History and archeology leads us to suggest at Petra, or just north of Petra at Beidha.)

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Authors note: The exodus route we propose was conceived in 2005 AD, but it is actually a restoration of the ancient view held by first century Christians.

1.      Step #1: We began with the Bible as our only guide and blueprint for locating places connected with the exodus. We completely ignored everything EXCEPT the bible: We ignored: maps, history, commentaries and the opinions of archeologists. From this study, we concluded the scriptures taught that Israel crossed the Red Sea somewhere on the Gulf of Aqaba, forcing Mt. Sinai in Saudi Arabia. (Paul plainly tells us Mt. Sinai is in Arabia: Gal 4:25) We were also able to prove from scripture that Kadesh Barnea must be transjordan, somewhere south of the Dead Sea in modern Jordan.

2.      Step #2: Only after we had concluded our scriptural study, did we begin to consider two important additional witnesses: history and archeology. Josephus and Eusebius and others caused us to chose Mt. Lawz as the best candidate for Mt. Sinai. Josephus and Eusebius caused us to choose the general Petra area for Kadesh Barnea. When conflicts arose between the scriptures, history and archeology, we always chose the infallible, all-sufficient, imperishable word of God.

While this may not make Bible doubting archeologists happy, we have more trust in the Bible then the ever shifting opinions of archeologists who are more often looking to disprove the Bible, rather than support it as the book of true ancient history that it really is. Having said this, archeology is an important tool in validating the Bible. I have travelled extensively throughout Israel and the Levant. I have been directly involved in many archeological digs under the authority of the IAA (Israel Antiquities Authority). I did not discover this exodus route, I merely restored it to what is revealed in scripture. I hope this book will strengthen your faith in God's inspired word. You can print the maps and glue them into the back of your bible. You can use this material in public presentations and sermons, as long as you do not put any part of this book on the internet or sell it.

Steve Rudd: Contact the author for comments, input or corrections.

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The Exodus Route

 

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50 stops of the Exodus: (4 legs of the Journey)

Click to View3 stops between Goshen and the Red Sea crossing

Click to View10 Stops between the Sea crossing and Mt. Sinai

Click to View22 Stops between Mt. Sinai and Kadesh Barnea

Click to View15 Stops between Kadesh Barnea and the Jordan

 

Click to ViewTop ten list of reasons why the exodus route was not restored until now.

Click to ViewDate of the Exodus: 1446 BC. The Pharaoh of the Exodus: Tuthmoses III (1485 - 1431 BC)

Click to ViewMiracles of the Exodus and Red Sea Crossing

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Click to View Population of the Exodus Jews: 2.5 Million Hebrews left Egypt!

Click to ViewExcluding various exodus routes: Bitter lakes, Gulf of Suez, Mt. Musa, Ein el-Qudeirat, Mt. Karkom, Lake Sirbonis, Lake Ballah, Nuweiba Beach.

 

Introduction:

  1. The Exodus is an important and foundational fact.
  2. 2.5 million Jews left Egypt, not 5,000 or 35,000 as some modernists have wrongly suggested based upon interpreting the Hebrew word for thousand (elep) as clans, households or tribes.
  3. We propose that Israel crossed the Red sea at the Straits of Tiran, that Mt. Sinai is Mt. al-Lawz in Arabia and that Kadesh Barnea is at or just north of Petra at Beidha.
  4. Below, we will prove this exodus route from the Bible.

A. New Testament Types of the Exodus:

  1. Many of the New Testament images have their origin in the exodus.
  2. The Lord's Supper is a type of the Passover mean of Ex 12. Just as the Jews partook of the Passover mean one a year, Christians partake of the Lord's Supper every week: Learn more about the Lord's Supper.
  3. God as "Our Rock" had is a type of the Rock Moses struck for water. 1 Cor 10:4.
  4. Our salvation from the slavery of sin happens when we are baptized into Christ, and is a type of the Red Sea crossing when they were saved from the slavery of Egypt and baptized into Moses: 1 Cor 10:1-4. Have you been baptized in water by full immersion as a believer in order to be saved? Take this interactive online Bible study!
  5. Mt. Sinai is a type of the heavenly Jerusalem: Hebrews 12:18-24.
  6. The 38 years in the wilderness at Kadesh Barnea is a type of our earthly life.
  7. Crossing the Jordan is a type of our death and passing into a new spirit world.
  8. The promised land of Israel is a type of heaven.

B. Proving this exodus route from the Bible:

 

 

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Bible proof Israel crossed the Red Sea at the Straits of Tiran

  1. There are so many texts in the Bible that clearly teach a crossing point of the Red Sea somewhere on the Gulf of Aqaba, we don't know where to start! But if you want to start... start here! Any one of these points is sufficient to rule out the Bitter Lakes or the Port of Suez crossing points. Ruling out the Bitter Lakes or the North Suez, forces a crossing point on the Gulf of Aqaba.
  2. Contrary to popular myth, the Bible tells us that it took 25 days before they crossed the Red Sea, not 3 days! The only reason people assume three days, is because there were three stops between Goshen and the Red Sea. But the Bible says that they traveled day and night with supernatural help from God.
  3. The Sinai Peninsula is called "The Wilderness of Egypt". The Bible says that there was a long journey through the wilderness BEFORE they reached the Red Sea. (Ezekiel 20:36; Judges 11:16; Exodus 13:18). In 50 AD, Philo of Alexandria understood this and wrote: "a long and desolate journey through the wilderness, destitute of any beaten road, at last arrived at the sea which is called the Red Sea". There is no wilderness west of the bitter lakes or north west of the Gulf of Suez, so they must both be rejected as crossing points.
  4. The crossing point had to be far enough away from Goshen to justify their bitter complaints about being in the wilderness (Exodus 14:11-12) and to guarantee security from Egypt. We can rule out the Bitter lakes as utterly absurd since it was only 30 km from Goshen. The Bitter lakes were so close to Goshen, that the Hebrews probably spent their days off fishing and having romantic walks the beaches of the Bitter lakes. "Hey honey, I got tomorrow off, lets pack the kids into the chariot and have a nice day at the Bitter lakes!" If the Bitter lakes was the crossing point, the Hebrews would not endure hardship, starve and complain: they would sleep in their own cottages and already know the best fishing holes for food. Need we remind you that the Bitter lakes was an endless supply of fresh water?
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  5. The Port of Suez is only 100 km from Goshen, making it far too close. But there is another huge problem: The exit point of the Gulf of Suez crossing brought the Hebrews only 4 km from a major Egyptian sea port. The Egyptian soldiers could easily see the entire crossing route from the nearby mountains. When the angel of the Lord prevented them from crossing the Red Sea until Israel had finished, they would move around to wait for them on the other shore. If I had just crossed the Red Sea and came out next to the Port of Suez, I would not start singing the Song of Moses, I would keep running!
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  6. To learn why the Bitter lakes and the Gulf of Suez must be rejected as the crossing point of the Red Sea. Click here.
  7. At the time of the exodus, the entire Sinai Peninsula was controlled by Egypt and considered part of their formal territory. Egypt began west of the Wadi el-Arish and west from Timna. Israel was not "out of Egypt" in the Sinai Peninsula. However a crossing of the Red Sea at the Straits of Tiran puts them out of Egypt into Arabia. That's where they started singing the Song of Moses and knew they were safe!
  8. Etham provides a critical scriptural detail overlooked by everyone. Correctly understanding what happened at Etham is why the Straits of Tiran are the only crossing point on the Gulf of Aqaba that fits scripture. After camping at Etham God commanded: "Tell the sons of Israel to turn back" [from Etham and retrace their steps and camp at the crossing point of the Red Sea]. This will bait Pharaoh into sending his army because he will think, 'They are wandering aimlessly in the land; the wilderness has shut them in.'" (Exodus 14:2-3). Amazingly, at the Straits of Tiran, there is a mountain range that traps Israel from going any further. No other crossing point has this critical feature. The crossing point at the north end of the Gulf of Suez has no such geographic feature that forced Israel to turn back and retrace their steps! These scriptures quite certainly force a Red Sea crossing at the Gulf of Aqaba into Modern Saudi Arabia. The Straits of Tiran is the only place that 100% harmonizes with scripture.
  9. You might wonder why a crossing point at the Gulf of Aqaba had not been proposed until now? You might wonder why Bible students over the last 2000 years had always considered a north Suez crossing or the Bitter Lakes? The answer may shock you, but quite simply, they didn't know the Gulf of Aqaba even existed until the 18th century. The very first map we could find that even showed the Gulf of Aqaba was in 1750 AD by William Albert Bachiene. They could not propose a crossing point at a place they never knew existed! Geographers and mappers drew the Red Sea as a single finger of water and had no concept of the existence of the Gulf of Aqaba. They also had no concept of the Sinai Peninsula! Here is just one example by John Speed in 1626 AD:
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  10. How could they not know about the Gulf of Aqaba until the 18th century?
    Mystery solved!
    There is a unique shape of the Red Sea that was mapped by Sebastian Munster's map in 1545 AD and others like Mercator (1584), Blaeu (1629), La Rue (1651), Visscher (1660), Moxon (1671), Wells (1700), Vaugondy (1743). When you compare this shape to a satellite map, you will notice they sailed right by the two narrow openings that led up the Gulf of Aqaba and missed it! They wrongly assumed that Ezion Geber/Elat were located at the bay to the east of where the Gulf of Aqaba opens onto the Red Sea. This explains the mystery of how they missed the long finger of water we know as the Gulf of Aqaba. It is not so much that the sailors who mapped these waters were careless or incompetent. Rather they mapped exactly what they saw. But they sailed right past the tiny Straits of Tiran, likely 5 or ten miles to the west simply missed the Gulf of Aqaba. If you take Munster's map and simply add the Gulf of Aqaba, it becomes quite accurate in shape! Remember, the sailors were not familiar with the local geography but were from Europe, France, Italy, England, Spain, and Netherlands. I have spent many weeks sailing and navigating on a ship and can attest first hand, to how difficult it is to map a shoreline from a boat.
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  11. Since the Bible teaches that they crossed the Red Sea somewhere on the Gulf of Aqaba (we suggest the Straits of Tiran), this forces the location of Mt. Sinai to be in modern Saudi Arabia. We propose Mt. Sinai at Mt. Al-Lawz. But we do not need to reply upon this "domino effect" to prove Mt. Sinai is in Saudi Arabia, we have explicit statement of Paul in Gal 4:25: "Mount Sinai is in Arabia".

 

 

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Bible proof Mt. Sinai is in modern Saudi Arabia

Gal 4:25: "Mount Sinai is in Arabia"

  1. Very few Christians know the history of how the traditional location for Mt. Sinai in the middle of the Sinai desert was chosen. In fact it was chosen by Constantine's mother, Queen Helena, in a dream! Helena claimed that God revealed to her in a dream that Mt. Sinai was located at Mt. Musa where St. Catharine's Monastery was later build in the middle of Sinai Peninsula. This has been the traditional location of Mt. Sinai on almost all Bible maps since 325 AD. Historically, Queen Helena deliberately chose many places in the Promised Land and Jerusalem that were politically expedient or to her taste. Today, through archeology, we know most of the places she chose were wrong. But a later Pope, who is considered infallible by Roman Catholics, sanctified Mt. Musa as the location of Mt. Sinai. That kind of makes it difficult for any good Catholic to even consider other options. As the saying goes, "You never find that, which you never search for."
  2. The first time in history that the Sinai Peninsula was called, "The Sinai Peninsula" was only after Helena decided it was where Mt. Sinai was located. No one before this ever referred to it as the Sinai Peninsula.
  3. Today, as a result of the infallible Pope's claim that Mt. Sinai is located at Mt. Musa in the middle of the Sinai peninsula, Catholic theologians have come up with a number of rather clever (false) arguments to harmonize Paul's Statement that "Mount Sinai is in Arabia". (Gal 4:25). The Sinai Peninsula is not Arabia! Many non-Catholic Bible students have become parrots in teaching these arguments.
  4. To prove to you just how effective this "brainwashing" has been on the mind of almost all Christians living today, we simply ask this question: "At the time of the Exodus, which country owned and controlled the Sinai Peninsula"? Their answer, if they can even think of one, is "I don't know" or "no one" or "it was a barren waste land nobody wanted" or "it was a caravan crossroads between nations" or "it is kind of like asking who owns the Atlantic Ocean: everyone and no one at the same time". These misinformed souls suggest that the Sinai Peninsula was a kind of "desert ocean" no one controlled. The true answer is that Egypt has always controlled the Sinai. They control it now, they controlled it in 1446 BC. Sure there was time when the Nabataeans edged in, and of course the Roman annexed the "Sinai" in 106 AD. Mt. Sinai cannot be in the Sinai Peninsula, because this was still in Egypt.
  5. You might ask the same question another way: "What country was on the west side of the eastern border of Israel?" Even the Bible teaches that the formal boundary line between Egypt and Israel is called the "River of Egypt" or wadi el-Arish. If you were standing in Judah and walked across the Wadi el-Arish, you would not be in some, "desert ocean, caravan crossroads, no man's land", you would be in Egypt. The Bible explicitly teaches this.
  6. A brand new approach has been developed by the advocates of Mt. Musa to defend their sacred mountain in the Sinai. When someone quotes Paul's "Mount Sinai in Arabia " (Gal 4:25), they with brazen faces say, "The Sinai Peninsula is Arabia". As you stand there thoughtfully twitching in disbelief, they add these facts: "Look at these maps that have the words, 'Arabia' on top of the Sinai Peninsula." Of course, the answer is quite simple. The Romans did annex the Sinai Peninsula away from Egyptian control in 106 AD and the Romans did name the land that was Egypt, "Arabia". But that was in 106 AD and Paul wrote the book of Galatians some 50 years earlier. Even good Bible students can be fooled with this slight of hand trick. When Paul wrote Galatians 4:25, Arabia was east of the Gulf of Aqaba. In one final futile attempt to make the Sinai Peninsula into "Arabia", they will quote some "ancient geographers" before Paul's time, who thought Goshen bordered next to Arabia. What they don't tell you is that these same "ancient geographers", like the mappers from the 1500's mentioned above, also did not even know of the existence of the Gulf of Aqaba and the Sinai Peninsula! Take a look for yourself!
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  7. Paul not only said that Mt. Sinai is in Arabia, he also equated the location of Mt. Sinai as being in the traditional land of the children of Hagar: The Ishmaelites. The allegory of Galatians 4 draws a geographical parallel between specific nations of known territories. Everybody, Jew and Greek, that read what Paul wrote understood that the land of the Ishmaelites was Transjordan and in North Saudi Arabia AND NOT in the Sinai Peninsula. At the time Joseph was sold into slavery, the Ishmaelites lived in Midan with the Midianites. Everyone knows that the Midianites lived in North Saudi Arabia AND NOT in the Sinai Peninsula.
  8. In fact, the teaching of Paul is so clear, that we could locate Mt. Sinai by saying: Mount Sinai is located in the land where Ishmael lived: Midian
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  9. Since the Wilderness of Shur and the Wilderness of Paran was the land in which Ishmael lived, this forces it to be located in Saudi Arabia, somewhere on the eastern shore of the Gulf of Aqaba. Take note that this is an independent line of reasoning from Paul's Statement in Gal 4:25. The Bible explicate says that Ishmael lived in Shur and Paran. This forces these two wildernesses to be Transjordan. Since Kadesh Barnea borders on the wilderness of Paran, this forces Kadesh Barnea to be Transjordan. (Gen 16:12; 21:21; 25:18)
  10. The Bible says that Moses was in Midian when he saw the burning bush: "Now Moses was pasturing the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. The angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed." (Exodus 3:1-2) Now those intent on keeping Mt. Musa sacred and in the Sinai Peninsula have quite a dilemma here and are forced to read the passage this way: "It doesn't say that while he was pasturing his flock in the land of Midian he saw a burning bush." True, but it also doesn't say, "Moses traveled 250 km away from Jethro in Midian, around the Gulf of Aqaba and into the middle of a rugged mountain range to pasture his sheep that was owned by another man." The fact remains that the context of Exodus 3 begins with Moses living in the land of Midian, tending his flock, in a normal manner within a reasonable distance from home. A 500 km, 50 day round trip to pasture sheep that belonged to another man (Jethro) is a little extreme. The casual, natural reading of the text is, that Moses was pasturing Jethro's sheep near or in Midian. To suggest that Moses traveled 350 miles to Mt. Musa in the Sinai Peninsula is absurd. Some in desperation suggest that the Midianites lived in the Sinai Peninsula, but this is unfounded and false.
  11. Ron Wyatt has made many wild, fanciful and irresponsible archeological claims about Mt. Lawz. None of the evidence he uses to support Mt. Lawz as Mt Sinai are valid. All are to be rejected AND WE MEAN all. These false claims include: 1. the discovery of the rock Moses struck for water. 2. the altar of the golden calf. 3. the cave Elijah hid in. 4. The very place the 70 elders stood. 5. the altar Moses erected. 6. the twelve pillars erected by Moses. The truth is, all of this is highly speculative and although we can be certain that Mt. Sinai is in Arabia, not the Sinai Peninsula, we cannot be sure that Mt. Lawz is Mt. Sinai. However, is it the best choice we know of. The impossible Red Sea crossing As proposed by Ron Wyatt: The video "Exodus Revealed" and "The Exodus Case" by Lennart Mueller are all Wyatt's work. The Gold of Exodus is worthless to truth. "Ron Wyatt is neither an archaeologist nor has he ever carried out a legally licensed excavation in Israel or Jerusalem. In order to excavate one must have at least a BA in archaeology which he does not possess despite his claims to the contrary. ... [Ron Wyatt's work] fall into the category of trash which one finds in tabloids such as the National Enquirer, Sun etc." Archaeologist Joe Zias of Israel Antiquities Authority, IAA. Bob Cornuke's The Exodus Decoded, and video, "The exodus Conspiracy" are as worthless as the work of Ron Wyatt and must be discarded. Wyatt's archeological work on Mt. Sinai is also worthless, without any factual basis and must be rejected.
  12. One of the hidden blessings of wrongly locating Mt. Sinai at Mt. Musa in the Sinai Peninsula, is that almost no archeological research has been done at Mt. Lawz in north Saudi Arabia. Muslims are notorious for excavating with a pick axe (Madaba Map 700 AD), a bulldozer and a gravel making machine (Temple mount 2001 AD). Now since Mt. Sinai has been in Saudi Arabia all this time, the place where Mecca and some of the most radical Muslims on the face of the planet are located, Mt. Lawz has never really been seriously excavated or vandalized! It is just sitting there, waiting for the modern world to investigate for signs of the Exodus. Of course the Muslims do believe Moses was a prophet who stood on Mt. Sinai, but with the President of Iran (Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) on formal record that he wants Israel wiped off the face of the earth, we do not believe that they would allow any excavations whose purpose is to verify the Jewish Exodus and claim to the promised land since 1406 BC. Any such evidence would end up as gravel on Saudi Roads.
  13. We propose Mt. al-Lawz as the best candidate for Mt. Sinai in Arabia. It is the "highest mountain in the area", just as Josephus reported.

 

 

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Bible proof Kadesh Barnea is Transjordan, south of the Dead Sea

In 325 AD, Eusebius taught Kadesh was at Petra. Everyone believed Kadesh was at or near Petra until 1831 AD.

  1. The Bible teaches that the Kadesh Barnea is Transjordan, south of the Dead Sea. This is done through a simple study of how to draw the southern border of Judah, in relation to Kadesh.
  2. Since 1916 AD, Kadesh has been wrongly located at Ein-Qudeirat. Nothing has been found earlier than the 10th century and the exodus happened in 1446 BC. Qudeirat is also 27 km inside the formal boundary of Judah (Wadi el-Arish). Israel did not spend 38 years in the wilderness at Kadesh INSIDE the promised land. Qudeirat is one of the network of border fortresses built by Solomon. If you believe the Bible doesn't contradict itself, then Kadesh cannot be located at Qudeirat. Yet this is where every Bible map has located Kadesh since 1916 AD. Take a look for yourself in your own Bible!
  3. There are two key passages that describe in great detail, how to draw the southern border of Judah: Numbers 34:3-5 and Joshua 15:1-4. Its all there in black and white in your Bible! Here is our detailed exegesis of these passages: click here. There is only one way to draw the southern border, so that Kadesh remains outside the boundary of the promised land and that is to put Kadesh Transjordan, at or near Petra.
  4. Ezion Geber is a critical location everybody overlooks in their exodus route maps. Ezion Geber is one of the few places on the Exodus route, that we can be certain of its location at the north tip of the Gulf of Aqaba. It is located on the eastern shore of the Gulf of Aqaba, under modern Aqaba in Jordan. It is also to note that it is located in the land of Edom. (1 Kings 9:26) Since Jezirat Faraun was an Egyptian sea port to facility mining at Timna, Ezion Geber must be located on the Arabian (eastern) side of the northern tip of the Red Sea. This was historically the land of Edom, so we can be rather certain Ezion Geber was located under modern Aqaba.
  5. Ezion Geber is very bad news for those who hold to the traditional Exodus route between Mt. Musa and Qudeirat. Two Bible passages give a lot of trouble to those who still cling to the traditional Exodus route. (Numbers 33:35-36 and Deuteronomy 1:2) First, we are explicitly told in Numbers 33:35-36, that Israel passed through Ezion Geber in the route between Mt. Sinai and Kadesh. Second, Deut 1:2 indicates that Ezion Geber is near Mt. Seir. We also learn from Num 33:35 that Ezion Geber is the last stop before Kadesh in the route. Putting this information into focus, there are 22 stops between Sinai and Kadesh, Ezion Geber is stop 22! Now look at the map below and notice that Ezion Geber is a midway point. So from Sinai to Ezion Geber there are 22 stops. From Ezion Geber to Kadesh there are no stops in between! With Kadesh located at Petra instead of Qudeirat, it makes sense that there were no stops between Ezion and Petra because they simply walked up the Arabah valley. Look at the direct line of travel between Mt. Musa and Qudeirat. Ezion Geber is way out of the way of the direct line from Mt. Musa to Qudeirat. However our proposed Mt. Sinai at Lawz in Arabia and Kadesh at Petra perfectly harmonizes Numbers 33:35-36 and Deuteronomy 1:2. Our exodus route is a perfect fit!
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  6. Mt. Seir is the capital of the Edomites. (Gen 36:8) Edomite territory is the transjordan mountains just north of the Red Sea. Mt. Seir is located transjordan in modern Jordan. The Edomites never lived west of the Arabah valley, in the Sinai peninsula or the Negev before the Babylonian captivity of 586 BC. The Bible tells us that took 11 days to journey from Mt. Sinai to Mt. Seir to Kadesh: "It is eleven days' journey from Horeb by the way of Mount Seir to Kadesh-barnea." (Deuteronomy 1:2) For the traditional exodus route advocates, this verse has caused them a lot of trouble. Look at the yellow route in the map above. Israel must first travel due north of Mt. Musa because of the mountains, then travel north east, then through the middle of a major mount range to get to Ezion Geber. All this was 22 stops. Then they leave Ezion Geber and travel north and immediately must pass through a second major mountain range to Qudeirat. Phew! That was a lot of extra, unnecessary travelling. If we could just remove Num 33 and Deut 1 from out Bible, we could just travel from Mt. Musa to Qudeirat in almost a straight line (green route above) and save 90 km of unnecessary travelling. A direct the trip (green route) would only be 250 km long. The traditional route (yellow route) through Ezion Geber is 340 km long just doesn't work. However our proposed route (white route) from Mt. Sinai at Lawz in Arabia and Kadesh at Petra perfectly harmonizes Numbers 33:35-36 and Deuteronomy 1:2.
  7. Many exodus routes ignore the need to pass through Ezion Geber between Sinai and Kadesh and randomly pick a nearby mountain as their Mt. Seir. Here is an example of just such a proposed Exodus Route by Emanuel Anati in 1985 AD. He retains Kadesh Barnea at Qudeirat, but chooses Mt. Karkom as his Mt. Sinai. His 11 day journey map (see the blue line) completely ignores Numbers 33:35-36 and the need to pass through Ezion Geber. Of course Mt. Karkom and Qudeirat are both well inside the promised land, so both must be rejected. You can see where he randomly chose a location for Mt. Seir at Jebel el-Arif Naqa. This kind of blindfolded "pin the Mt. Seir on the Map" approach, is simply unacceptable. Keep in mind that many others have put the blindfold on and choose at lest 10 other locations for Mt. Seir in the Sinai and Negev. Do also remember that there are actually 22 stops between Sinai and Kadesh, not 11 as Anati suggests. Deut 1:2 says that if someone was to make the trip, it is only a distance of 11 days. However we can see from Num 33, that Israel took at least 22 days to make the journey.
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  8. None of the exodus took place in the Negev. No Bible verse indicates Israel set foot in the Negev during their 40 years in the wilderness. This fact has created a dilemma that has caused modern map makers to create the mythical "Biblical Negev region" which is a small crescent moon shaped area near Beersheba. In other words, the Negev is not the large area south of Beersheba to the Gulf of Aqaba, but a tiny area that includes Beersheba. All this to account for the fact that Israel never set foot in the Negev before crossing the Jordan. Neither Kadish Barnea or Mt. Sinai were in the Negev: Numbers 13:17; Deuteronomy 1:7. Both Ein el-Qudeirat Mt. Karkom are in the Negev. Here in an example of what I call, The map of errors". Because advocates of the traditional exodus route believe Kadesh is located at Qudeirat, they must move a lot of stuff around to make it work. Since the Bible says that Kadesh was beside Edom, near Mt. Hor and not in the Negev, they just relocate it. Notice in this map, they played, "Pin the Mt. Hor on the map" in 4 different places! Josephus said Mt. Hor was located beside Petra. The Bible and archeology says that Edom was not in the Negev at the time of the Exodus. But notice how they have defined the Negev as this tiny area around Beersheba. They cannot have the Negev any further south of this, or else their Kadesh (at Qudeirat) is in the Negev. Well they can't have that... so they just randomly redefine it! Such is counterproductive to truth and confusing to the average Christian. It is just wrong.
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  9. In 325 AD, Eusebius taught Kadesh was at Petra and that Aaron was buried on Mt. Hor at Petra.
  10. Historically, when the Israelites vacated Petra in 1406 BC to enter the promised land, Petra was taken over by the Edomites, then the Nabataeans who carved the famous "treasury" and the city of tombs we see today about between 300 BC -100 AD.
  11. Everyone believed Kadesh was at or near Petra until 1831 AD. This can be seen in historic maps. Petra was not rediscovered until 1812 AD. Even though the maps of the 1500's did not know where Petra was located, they always placed Kadesh and Mt. Hor near or at Petra. Here is an example of a map from 1630 AD by Jan Jansson. Notice that the Sinai peninsula and Gulf of Aqaba missing. Notice he has Ezion Geber on the Red Sea. He has the entire exodus route from Egypt in a line. Notice Stop 32 is Ezion Geber, stop 33 is Kadesh Barnea (cades) and stop 34 is Mt. Hor. Both Kadesh and Hor are Transjordan. Kadesh is at Petra. What is important, is that Jan Jansson (like almost everyone before 1831 AD) placed Kadesh Transjordan even before he knew the location of Petra which was rediscovered in 1812 AD by Burckhardt. They didn't where Kadesh or Petra were on the map. But their Bible led them to believe they were beside each other and transjordan. Click on any of the maps on this page for a higher resolution image.
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  12. Petra has an ancient tradition associated with Kadesh Barnea. The very name "Petra" [literally: rock] is derived from the rock that Moses struck. Eusebius even reported, that in his day, (325 AD) you could still see the rock that Moses struck for water. The 1 km long Siq ravine that runs through Petra is called "wadi Musa" or the river of Moses. The very unusual Nabataean city of tombs is a carryover from the fact that 2 million Hebrews died and were buried near Petra.
  13. We propose that Kadesh Barnea is either at Petra or just north of Petra.

 

 

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Bible proof the ascent of scorpions is Transjordan, south of the Dead Sea

Judges 1:34-36 "The border of the Amorites ran from the ascent of Akrabbim, from Sela [Petra] and upward."

  1. The ascent of Akrabbim has been wrongly located inside the land of Judah at Ma'ale Aqrabim, just south east of the bottom of the Dead Sea. It is well inside the boundary of Judah. It was named Ma'ale Aqrabim by the Romans who paved the road in the about 135 AD, likely by Hadrian.
  2. Judges 1:34-36 proves that the ascent of Akrabbim is Transjordan: "The border of the Amorites ran from the ascent of Akrabbim, from Sela [Petra] and upward."
  3. This passage describes the territory of the Amorites in about 1350 BC. It describes how the Amorites were displaced out of Judah and the Promised land. The Amorites took over the southern half of the territory of Moab. Moab was displaced north.
  4. If the ascent of Akrabbim is located at Ma'ale Aqrabim, it means that the Amorites controlled the most important sections of Judah north to Engedi. This was not the case, so the ascent of Akrabbim must be located on the Transjordan side of the Arabah valley.

Conclusion:

  1. The information above, is just a highly condensed version of the reasons why we chose the route we did.
  2. We propose that Israel crossed the Red sea at the Straits of Tiran, that Mt. Sinai is Mt. al-Lawz in Arabia and that Kadesh Barnea is at or just north of Petra, at Beidha.)
  3. We invite your comments, questions, criticisms and input. Contact the author.

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