Why did Moses wander 40 years?

Why did Moses wander for 40 years? Why did the journey of the Israelites from the land of Egypt, the home of slavery, actually take so long? First of all, during his wandering, Moses did not take the easiest possible route that led along the Mediterranean coast to reach Canaan. The road took the Israelites on a completely circuitous route through the desert. According to some interpretations, Moses' choice was dictated by the desire...

Why did Moses not enter the Promised Land? Was it a Punishment?

Why did Moses not enter the Promised Land? Does this involve a severe punishment to the character of Moses himself? As mentioned earlier, the people of Israel, after escaping from the land of Egypt, were condemned, as it were, to a 40-year journey/trip to the Promised Land. We are talking about a period of 40 years which is symbolic of the life span of the generation at that time. So...