Today is Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday and I’ve selected a verse promoting bad science (or just plain ridiculousness) in the book of Exodus. Exodus describes the journey of the Israelites out of Egypt to Canaan, a journey that took 40 years.
“The Israelites ate manna forty years, until they came to a land that was settled; they ate manna until they reached the border of Canaan.” – Exodus 16:35
How far is it from Egypt to Canaan? About 380 miles according to biblical scholars. This is a lengthy distance to walk, but not when you have 40 years to do it! Let’s do a bit of math to put this in perspective. With 365 days per year, this is 14,600 days, meaning one needs to walk just 0.026 miles per day to do this. This is 137 feet per day. That’s it!!! Even someone super sick with the flu probably walks more than 137 feet per day just going from the bed to the toilet to throw up!
What does this all mean? The “long” journey from Egypt to Canaan over 40 years is pure bullshit. However, if you google “distance from Egypt to Canaan” the first image that pops up is:
So if Canaan, Connecticut is the Canaan the biblical authors are referring to, than I can see how 40 years is appropriate. But we know this is Canaan in the Middle East and not Canaan in the United States.