The Roundabout Route and The Road Not Traveled/3
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These are some of the central points of dispute (נקודות המחלוקת) between the various exegetes:
- Purpose of Yam Suf
- To free the Israelites permanently – Seforno
- To destroy the Egyptian army –
- Avoiding war with whom?
- Meaning of "כִּי קָרוֹב הוּא" – close to what?
- Close to Egypt (too easy to return to Egypt) – Seforno, Abarbanel
- Close to Canaan
- Problem with Philistine Route
- Too easy to return to Egypt – Rashi, Seforno
- Danger from Philistines – Mekhilta DeRabbi Yishmael, R"Y Bekhor Shor, Ramban
- Too close to Canaan and no time in the wilderness – Rambam, Shadal, Malbim, Netziv