And Joshua and all Israel acted as if they were beaten before them and fled by the road to the wilderness. Bible see other translations

“by the road to the wilderness.” More literally, “the road of the wilderness.” There was a road leading down a little valley then down a ridge from close to Ai down into the Arabah, and that valley is today called the Nahal Zeboim, and there is a very good chance that Israel made as if they were fleeing down that road and heading back east to their camp at Gilgal.

Commentary for: Joshua 8:15