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Kadesh - Moses Rock

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Hi - there seems to be differing opinions as to where the rock that Moses split in the Kadesh desert actually resides. There seems to be a Kadesh along the Egyptian border and also a Kadesh farther up north.

Does anyone know if you can visit the rock that Moses split?

I saw a documentary of this rock which was actually in Saudi Arabia and the film crew was shot at while visiting the rock.

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Both putative sites are in Jordan (which is logical, when you consider the biblical accounts say Moses never entered the promised land), so the question should be posed on that forum. It should be said, however, that all such attributions come with a greater or lesser degree of doubt.

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The biblical story tells that Kadesh was the base for the Twelve Spies also went on their way from Kadesh. There are many proposals as to where is Kadesh, but academic research in modern times is suggesting that Kadesh should be identified next to the Israeli-Egyptian border, on the Egyptian side, not far from Nitzana, Israel (the area of the Ein Kudis and Ein Kudirat springs).

The site was excavated when Sinai was under Israeli rule. The excavations showed that this location had 3 levels of a fortress that was part of the Jewish Kingdom, First Temple period.

You cannot find in archaeology remains for this site being the departure site for the Twelve Spies or the site of Moses rock. But from the research, it seems this was the site called Kadesh 3000 years ago, and that according to the biblical descriptions, it should be found in this part of the country (and not in trans Jordan).

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And there’s the difference between someone who has studied all of this and someone who can use Google... Thanks, Eyal-Amos. The only thing I could be sure of was that it wasn’t in Biblical Israel.

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My pleasure, Astolat.

The site is part of biblical Israel. It was a border fortress, so as you may call it - the south-western corner of Israel as described in the bible (see descriptions of the borders in Numbers 34, 4; Joshua 15, 3) and has confirmed in archaeology.

Later, in David / Solomon time, Eilat (Etzyon Gaver), to the shorelines of the Red Sea, was added, mainly due to it being a naval trade location. Wasn't part of 'the promised land', but became part of the Jewish Kingdom.

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