[b-hebrew] Oxen & Oxcarts in the Exodus
peter at qaya.org
Sat Dec 31 13:15:59 EST 2005
On 31/12/2005 14:44, Read, James C wrote:
> I'd have to largely agree with Peter on this one. The miracles of
> the exodus account are charateristically recorded and so there is
> no need to read more miracles into the story than those already
> recorded for our benefit.
> Anyway, who said the path through the Red Sea was muddy? I thought
> the whole miracle was that Yah parted the waters and left and left
> dry terrain to cross.
Perhaps the point is that the path seems to have been muddy, or soft
sand, enough for the Egyptian chariots to get stuck. Of course that
could have been a separate miracle, but the simplest explanation is that
the path across the bottom of the sea was suitable for foot traffic but
not for wheeled traffic - and if not for the Egyptians' light chariots,
certainly not for heavy oxcarts.
We may also need to consider the speed of oxcarts. The Exodus account
tells us roughly how far the Israelites travelled per day, from the Reed
Sea to Sinai. Could oxcarts have travelled fast enough, especially
across rough and sometimes soft terrain?
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