The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJoshua 8:15
And Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten before
Or smitten, as some of them might be in the pursuit:
and fled by the way of the wilderness;
not a barren desert, but,
according to Kimchi and Ben Melech, a place for the pasture of cattle;
though perhaps it is the same with the wilderness of Bethaven,
(Joshua 18:12) . Epiphanius F23 makes mention of the wilderness of Bethel
and Ephraim as near Jericho.
F23 Contr. Haeres. l. 1. tom. 2.