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So far, so good! Numbers 33:3-10 is just as exciting as you’d expect a camp log to be. It covers all the stops between the city of Rameses to the Sea of Reeds, but for some reason doesn’t mention their passage through Shur which was described in Exodus 15:22.

The mention of Egypt is also a little different since we’re told the exact date of the Exodus, the 15th of Aviv, while Exodus mentions only the month. I’m always wary when several decades have passed and historic precision somehow increases! However, I do like how brazen the tone has become. It says that the Israelites strolled out of Egypt in front of the poor Egyptians who were too busy burying their dead children to stop them, for God had killed, not just their innocent babies, but also their gods! Yeah! Not only are they giving a smug middle-finger to the innocent parents of innocent dead children, but they’re mocking their entire religion and daring them to do something about it!

Since this is a recap, we’re also not told just how quickly the Israelites sold out their god (immediately), or how an oasis with 12 wells and 70 palm trees could feed and water an army over 3,000,000 strong, but who wants to rehash that silliness?



TomB writes:


They knew the calendar date of Passover before the exodus? Did I miss something here?

TheAlmightyGuru writes:


Not really. "God" has been telling the Israelites to perform future holidays since Exodus.

TomB writes:


Right. Like the clean animals on the arc.

Ladyofthemasque writes:


missing a W in that "knew ho to hibernate"...should probably be "knew how to hibernate"...

TheAlmightyGuru writes:


Because what's the use of having hos around if you're hibernating?



Oh the irony!