[b-hebrew] How many warriors?

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Fri Jul 9 14:13:52 EDT 2004

What a site for a battle. This is the kind of place where a highly trained and well armed set of shock troops of only a few hundred could hold off thousands. Like the stand at Thermopyle.

That makes the numbers sort of difficult to ascertain.

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: Peter Kirk <peterkirk at qaya.org>

> On 07/07/2004 12:09, wattswestmaas wrote:
> >Dear All,
> >
> >How many fighters do you think Amalek had during the battle with Yoshuah?
> >
> >
> Are you asking about the battle in Exodus 17:8-13? I won't try to answer 
> the numbers question. But it may be useful to know that the traditional 
> site, Rephidim (Wadi Feiran), is in a narrow valley with very steep 
> sides. See my photo at 
> http://web.onetel.net.uk/%7Epeterkirk/Egypt%20pictures/images/1-10l.JPG, 
> taken from what may well have been the spot where Moses watched the 
> battle, or at least the traditional location as there were Christian 
> ruins on the small hill. This valley was the only practical route to 
> Sinai, and so the Israelites had to take on the Amalekites who were 
> occupying it.
> -- 
> Peter Kirk
> peter at qaya.org (personal)
> peterkirk at qaya.org (work)
> http://www.qaya.org/
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