The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleExodus 12:37
And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth,
&c.] Rameses was a place in Goshen, or rather the land of Goshen, from
whence the country was so called; (See Gill on 47:11). The Targum of
Jonathan takes it to be Pelusium, or Sin, now called Tinah, formerly
the strength of Egypt, and which lay at the entrance of it, and says it
was one hundred and thirty miles to Succoth; and Jarchi says one
hundred and twenty. But the distance between these two places was not
so great; for Succoth from Rameses it is computed was eight miles F6
only. The latter place is so called by anticipation; for it was now a
desert, as Josephus F7 says, which he calls Latopolis, but had its
name Succoth from the children of Israel pitching their tents there;
for the word signifies tents or tabernacles. The number of the
children of Israel when they came out of Egypt
were about six hundred thousand on foot, that were men, besides
and which is confirmed by the account that Chaeremon F8
the Heathen gives, who makes the number of those drove out of Egypt,
as he calls them, 250,000; and says that when they came to Pelusium,
they found there 380,000 left there by Amenophis; which makes in all
630,000. And so Philo the Jew says F9, they were above 600,000,
besides old men, children, and women, that could not easily be
numbered; and the word "about" will admit of it, since it may be used
not to diminish, but to increase the number; and it is certain that in
the second year after they were come out of Egypt, their number was
600,550 without the Levites, who were not numbered; and they that were
numbered were such as were twenty years old and upward, and able to go
forth to war, (Numbers 1:9) (2:32) and such were those here, as Jarchi
observes; so that if there were 600,000 men of twenty years old and
upwards, able to bear arms, besides women, children, and old men, it
may well be thought that in all there were no less than near two
millions and a half; for, according to the ordinary proportion allowed
in other nations of four to one between the number of the whole people
in a nation, and those men fit to bear arms, that the number of the
Israelites alone, of all ages and sexes which went out of Egypt along
with Moses, will amount to 2,400,000 souls F10; which was a prodigious
increase of seventy persons in little more than two hundred years, and
a most marvellous thing it was, that in so large a number of persons
there was not one feeble among them, (Psalms 105:37) .
F6 See Bunting's Travels, p. 81.
F7 Ut supra, (antiqu. l. 2.) c. 15. sect. 1.
F8 Apud Joseph. contr. Apion, l. 1. sect. 32.
F9 De Vita Mosis, l. 1. p. 625.
F10 Bp. of Clogher's Chronology of the Hebrew Bible, p. 271. See Judah
Leon's Relation of Memorable Things… p. 2.
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