Marah - Exodus 15:23

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Patrick Rietveld | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Apr 24 2019 6:06 AM

Someone told me that he heard that Marah was a diversion from the route to the promised land, because God wanted to clean them first (in whatever way). The water contains magnesium oxide, which is laxating.

He asked me if I knew about this explanation, but I couldn't find anything in my library. Where can I look?

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 24 2019 7:53 AM

Patrick Rietveld:
He asked me if I knew about this explanation, but I couldn't find anything in my library. Where can I look?

A search for "magnesium" in your commentaries referring to Exodus 15 could work - this uses a "Milestone" search

"magnesium" WITHIN {Milestone <ex 15>}

And it gives me

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 24 2019 8:55 AM

Mr Criddle, you do amaze. When I saw the question, I thought surely a speculating Biblical commentator didn't go there. The imagery is truly horrendous, for a million people. Maybe the writer was over 50 (colonoscopies).


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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 24 2019 9:00 AM

Denise:
I thought surely a speculating Biblical commentator didn't go there

But at least only one commentator in my library went there!

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Veli Voipio | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 24 2019 10:00 AM

Just wonder, what is this DGBC?

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David Thomas | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 24 2019 10:03 AM

Graham Criddle:
only one commentator in my library

Trying to find what Commentary that is...

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 24 2019 10:53 AM

Veli Voipio:

Just wonder, what is this DGBC?

Sorry, details below

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Puddin’ | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 25 2019 1:04 AM

Denise:
Mr Criddle, you do amaze. When I saw the question, I thought surely a speculating Biblical commentator didn't go there.

I thought the same things, both regarding Mr. Criddle (he is always a tremendous help)—and the claim of a laxativing effect on the Israelites!  I thought, “Oh, how funny!”  

Turns out I was wrong—going to check in my Kregel OT Exegetical Series.

Ohhh man, will this ever preach (glad now that I clicked on this thread)🤓!

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Patrick Rietveld | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 25 2019 1:38 AM

Yes, only one commentary and I think you have a lot of them.

Thanks Graham!!

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