The quails (Num 11:31-11:35)

“Then a wind went out from Yahweh.  It brought quails from the sea, and let them fall beside the camp, about a day’s journey on this side and a day’s journey on the other side, all around the camp, and about two cubits deep on the ground.  The people worked all that day and night and all the next day gathering the quails.  The least anyone gathered was ten homers.  They spread them out for themselves all around the camp.  But while the meat was still between their teeth, before it was consumed, the anger of Yahweh was kindled against the people.   Yahweh struck the people with a very great plague.  So that place was called Kibroth-hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had the craving.  From Kibroth-hattaavah the people journeyed to Hazeroth.”

Yahweh sent a wind that brought quails from the sea.  These quails fell beside the camp, about a day’s journey on either side around the camp, about two cubits high.  This was a lot of quails, even more than in Exodus, chapter 16.  Now the people gathered the quails.  The least anyone gathered was ten homers.  A homer was equivalent to six bushels.   However, Yahweh was not happy so he sent a very great plague.  They named this place Kibroth-hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had the craving.  They did not stay there but went to Hazeroth, where they set up camp.  Both of these places are about 30-40 miles northeast of Sinai in the Wadi Murrah.  Each place occurs 5 times in the biblical literature.

 

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