Title

Identifying and Delineating the Geographic Regions of the Israelite Migration from Egypt to Canaan Using a Hydrological Approach

Date of Award

11-9-2022

Embargo Period

12-31-2023

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

School

Theology

First Advisor

Robert K. McIver

Second Advisor

David R. Tasker

Third Advisor

Lawrence T. Geraty

ANZSRC / FoR Code

3707 Hydrology| 4303 Historical studies| 4406 Human geography

Abstract

The biblical books of Exodus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy describe the Israelite migration from Egypt to Canaan. The narrative names many sites, roads, and regions, the majority of which have not been identified on the ground. This investigation proposes and develops an original hypothesis—that the biblical regions correspond to the major water catchments of the Sinai, Negev, and Transjordan. Accordingly, the three journeys—Goshen to Sinai, Sinai to Kadesh, and Kadesh to the Jordan—proceed across a patchwork of contiguous river systems and lake basins. The hydrological model for biblical regions provides clear watershed and riverbed boundaries for the wildernesses and national territories and explains their relationship to the geomorphic zones. By applying a hydrological structure to biblical geography, a comprehensive system emerges that is consistent with all indications, and allows the identification and delineation of previously unknown biblical regions.

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