Commenting on the verse, “Now, when Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the Philistines’ land, though this was the nearest; for he thought, should the people see that they would have to fight, they might change their minds and return to Egypt” (Exod. 13:17).
This passage has always bothered me. The rational given by the biblical narrator is irrelevant. Had God led the Israelites directly to the Promised Land, there would never have been ...Learn More Share