[b-hebrew] Amalek's attacks before the big battle of Ex 17:8?

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Thu Jul 11 11:56:01 EDT 2013


This is a linguistic answer.

The reason people were lagging was because they were thirsty and tired, so
didn’t have the strength to fight back. In fact, the complaints to Moses
about the lack of water could very well have been made even before all the
stragglers got to the camp.

The language of Deuteronomy doesn’t insist that the attacks of the
Amalekites happened before the main body of people had already reached
Rephidim. The phrase “on the road” includes the time encamped.

Karl W. Randolph.

On Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 3:57 AM, Chris Watts <dekruidnootjes at eircom.net>wrote:

> To begin with just a brief question, we're all familiar with the
> battle in Ex 17:8.  But in Deut 25:17 we note that Amalek was picking
> the Israelites off at the rear, the weakest, those that were lagging
> behind.  What I am curious about is this must have been happening
> before the major battle where Moshe organised His major assault while
> at Rephidim.  Is this true?  The only snag here is that the
> Israelites were complaining about a lack of water, if the Amalekites
> were already doing there hit and runs a few miles down the road on
> theose that were at the back of the long march then the Israelites
> would have told Moshe and they would have complained about this as
> well.  So this is my question mark, the idea that the Amalekites
> continued to haunt the Israelites after that major battle does not,
> at this moment, seem plausible.
> Chris Watts
> Ireland
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