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 Logistics of the Exodus

A footnote in my Bible says that based on the census in early Numbers there were up to 3 million people in the Exodus, some estimates as high as 3.5 million.

I also read elsewhere that if 3.5 million Israelites walked 10 per row with 5 feet separating the rows, the line of people would extend about 331 miles (that’s further than the distance from Cleveland to Indianapolis). If they walked for 12 hours a day, at 2 mph, that would be 24 miles walked each day. It would take approximately 2 weeks for the last row to arrive where the first row started.

I also imagine the grouping of that large number around Mt Sinai and how communication took place. Imagine the distance from the front to the back.

And of course you have all the animals they had with them.

Imagine the daily water requirements for man and beast.

I have no desire to cast aspersions on the fact of the Exodus. But I do have a lot of questions as to go it could have “worked” with numbers like that.


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Todd

 2021/3/15 20:21Profile
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 Re: Logistics of the Exodus

Recommended:
Sinai to Zion by Joel Richardson

It doesn’t answer your question. 😎

But it is very much about the Exodus and will be a useful read. I have an autographed copy and I think you will enjoy it.


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Tim

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 Re: Logistics of the Exodus

What if they walked a hundred across in each row? Or two hundred?

What if they weren't five feet apart between rows but closer as they went through the sea?

God was angry each time they complained of no water because He had provided for them every time. What of the rock gushing water that followed them?

God was and is well able I would think.


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David Winter

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//What of the rock gushing water that followed them?//

Hey David- Not sure what you mean by this.

The figures I gave were simply illustrative. Obviously we have no idea how wide the rows were or if there were even rows at all. All we know is the approximate number based on the census.

When I read scripture I try to imagine what it actually looked like and how it actually worked. The scriptures give very minimal details.

Perhaps I am the only person cursed with such curiosity.


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Todd

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 Re:

Ginnyrose has thought a lot about this too. I think there must a fair amount of archeological modeling of these things too.

 2021/3/17 3:39Profile
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 Re: Logistics of the Exodus

Brother Todd,

Do you believe that all the Israelites came out of Egypt...
That perhaps some, maybe even many, stayed behind and followed not after Moses?





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Fletcher

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 Re: Logistics of the Exodus

Brother Todd,

Do you believe that all the Israelites came out of Egypt...
That perhaps some, maybe even many, stayed behind and followed not after Moses?





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Fletcher

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Hey Fletcher-

No I don’t dispute the numbers. I am just curious how it worked with such a vast number.

3 million people would be 150 groups of 20,000 or about 250,000 per tribe.

The Raleigh NC metropolitan statistical area had an estimated population of 1,390,785 in 2019.


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 Re:

It is worthwhile watching the series

https://patternsofevidence.com/

as this series will give you answers to your questions.


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Dominic Shiells

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I’ve watched the first movie and I don’t recall it addressing logistics but rather the reality of the Exodus. I may be wrong because it has been a while.

I don’t question the Exodus or the parting of the Red Sea etc. As I have already indicated I wonder about the logistics of so many people.

I do not think it is improper or shows a lack of faith to do so.


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