40 years to cross the desert?
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13-10-2011, 06:49 PM
RE: 40 years to cross the desert?
As I recall this was their punishment for building the Golden Calf and worshiping it as a god while Moses went up Mt. Sinai to get the 15 ... err, I mean 10, 10 Commandments. And, you know, the message isn't sent after just 10 years. Or even 20. If you're going to send your chosen people into someone's land so they can then commit wholesale slaughter of all the people living there, you have to be sure they are fully committed to your greatness. And, the way you do that is by reinforcing it by having them walk in circles for 40 years.

Or, maybe someone dropped something important and it just took that long ti find it.

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24-02-2013, 07:08 PM
RE: 40 years to cross the desert?
It's not about the maths. They wandered the desert for 40 years as punishment by God. The Israelites, even after being freed from slavery, after being given peace, water, bread and even meat, they still complained and worshiped false idols. So, God said he would not deliver them to the promised land, but that their children would be delivered there. So, after 40 years, the last of that generation died, and the Israelites finally entered the promised land. Moses did not join them - he died peacefully on a mountain, looking into the promised land. Please read the full story before you go on about the math issues regarding how long they were in the desert for...
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24-02-2013, 07:40 PM
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(24-02-2013 07:08 PM)faithful_chul Wrote:  It's not about the maths. They wandered the desert for 40 years as punishment by God. The Israelites, even after being freed from slavery, after being given peace, water, bread and even meat, they still complained and worshiped false idols. So, God said he would not deliver them to the promised land, but that their children would be delivered there. So, after 40 years, the last of that generation died, and the Israelites finally entered the promised land. Moses did not join them - he died peacefully on a mountain, looking into the promised land. Please read the full story before you go on about the math issues regarding how long they were in the desert for...
Except it didn't happen. The logistics of it show it was impossible.

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24-02-2013, 07:42 PM
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Damnit Scot...I thought is was because men won't stop and ask for directions.

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24-02-2013, 08:01 PM
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Hey, it was hot ... and they had shit to do. Drinking Beverage

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24-02-2013, 08:13 PM
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Considering it took the dusty ol' fuck forty days to write ten commandments... meh. XP

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24-02-2013, 08:22 PM
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40 years. Isn't that about how long ago this thread was started?

Anyway, with all those people, they had an awful lot of water to find. That would take a long time in a place full of mirages. Tongue

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24-02-2013, 11:38 PM
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(24-02-2013 07:08 PM)faithful_chul Wrote:  It's not about the maths. They wandered the desert for 40 years as punishment by God. The Israelites, even after being freed from slavery, after being given peace, water, bread and even meat, they still complained and worshiped false idols. So, God said he would not deliver them to the promised land, but that their children would be delivered there. So, after 40 years, the last of that generation died, and the Israelites finally entered the promised land. Moses did not join them - he died peacefully on a mountain, looking into the promised land. Please read the full story before you go on about the math issues regarding how long they were in the desert for...



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24-02-2013, 11:57 PM
RE: 40 years to cross the desert?
(09-10-2011 05:01 PM)FormorJew Wrote:  Time for math. Smile Distance on land between Cairo and Jerusalem is 256 miles. It would take 4.3 hours by car, about an hour by plane, or 51 days on foot traveling 5 miles a day. It took the Israelites 40 years to cross the desert, that is 14,600 days. 256/14,600 = 0.017 miles traveled every day. There are 5,280 feet in a mile, 5,280 * 0.017 = 89.76 they traveled 90 feet every day. What the hell were they doing that made it take so much longer than it needed to be? I understand that there were children, but if they went 2 miles a days it only would have taken them 128 days, that is about 1/3 of a year.
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24-02-2013, 11:58 PM
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Don't worry so much about it guys. They lived to 700 years old. They had time...

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