The Search For Mount Sinai
Posted by foryourfaith on July 20, 2011
Moses received the Law of God on the peak of Mount Sinai. Yet the exact location of the sacred site remains a mystery. That the Bible itself alludes to Mount Sinai by various names – among them “the mountain,” “the mountain of God,” and “Mount Horeb” – complicates the search.
In fact, scholars have suggested some dozen different mountains, both in the Sinai desert and Arabia, as the place where Israel was bound to the Lord’s covenant. The sites in Arabia are thought to have been volcanic in ancient times and thus may conform to the biblical description that “the whole mountain quaked greatly.” To add to the confusion, the route of the Exodus has never been confirmed, so no one mountain can be identified with certainty.
Nevertheless, since the fourth century AD, the traditional location of Mount Sinai has been Jebel Musa, a jagged mountain situated on the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula. On its northwest slope sits the present-day Monastery of Saint Catherine. Although the question will probably remain unanswered forever, contemporary scholars think that this site or some nearby peak is the most likely of all.
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