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Exodus 17:8-13 relates that the Amalekites attacked the Israelites at Rephidim and Joshua overwhelmed them.
The phrase, ve-attah ayef ve-yage'a - when you were famished and weary, can be understood as a reference to what happened when the Israelites were encamped at Rephidim before the Amalekite attack (Ex.
They came from Dophkah, from Alush, from waterless Rephidim.
My adolescent egotism disgusted me; it was banal, it foreclosed ecstasy, it trapped me in myself In my Pierre Cardin suit I was there in Rephidim, in Kehelath, in Tahath, in Terah--and I wondered how I could possibly believe I was going anywhere, much less making progress to a land of milk and honey.
In the description of the battle against the Amalekites at Rephidim, God miraculously enabled the tired Israelites to defeat them (Exod 17: 8-13).
Rephidim, the site in Exodus, is the last stopping place of the Israelites before they come to Mt.
The precise location of Rephidim is a problem related to the location of Mt.
When the Israelites were in the wilderness after the Exodus, Amalek launched a surprise, unprovoked attack upon them at Rephidim.
Psalms 135 and 136 list mighty kingdoms vanquished by God, but no mention is made of Amalek at Rephidim.
No mention is made of Rephidim, but only of Amalek's brutality when you were faint and weary.
Perhaps a way to answer these questions is to consider this incident in terms of psychological transference from the earlier quasi-rebellious situation at Rephidim (Ex.
Within weeks of the Exodus, 40 years before the encounter at Waters of Meribah, there was a similar complaint regarding lack of water at Rephidim.