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Succoth, from the Hebrew word meaning booths, or huts, was the first place that the Israelites camped after the Exodus. The precise location of Succoth is uncertain, other than it was situated east of Rameses and west of the sea that the Israelites miraculously crossed.

The Exodus

From Rameses to Succoth, at the beginning of the wilderness journey:

"And the people of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children. A mixed multitude also went up with them, and very many cattle, both flocks and herds."

"And they baked unleavened cakes [see Unleavened Bread] of the dough which they had brought out of Egypt, for it was not leavened, because they were thrust out of Egypt and could not tarry, neither had they prepared for themselves any provisions. The time that the people of Israel dwelt in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years. And at the end of four hundred and thirty years, on that very day, all the hosts of The Lord went out from the land of Egypt." (Exodus 12:37-41 RSV)

Succoth was located before the Israelites got to the sea:

"And they moved on from Succoth, and encamped at Etham, on the edge of the wilderness. And The Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night; the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night did not depart from before the people." [see Smoke By Day, Fire By Night]

"Then The Lord [see Rock Of Ages] said to Moses, "Tell the people of Israel to turn back and encamp in front of Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, in front of Baalzephon; you shall encamp over against it, by the sea." (Exodus 13:20-14:2 RSV)

Fact Finder: What was the date, on the Biblical calendar, that the Exodus occurred?
Numbers 33:3
See also Bible Calendar and Bible Months

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