Mount Sinai : Mountain of GOD

In any case, the fact that we are informed that the holy mountain was some place in the Sinai Wilderness … a territory which incorporates eastern Egypt, together with southern Israel and Jordan—the Bible does not straightforwardly uncover its whereabouts. There are several mountains in the Sinai Wilderness, a territory of more than fifty thousand square miles of to a great extent aloof nation, so which one was Mount Sinai? On the off chance that we inspect the Old Testament, we find that it provides critical pieces of information to prompt it, however they are scattered all through various sections. For instance, the book of Exodus, chapter 2, verse 1, refers to Moses’ first visit to Mount Sinai while he was living as a nomadic shepherd, having been ousted from Egypt by the pharaoh.

Presently Moses kept the run of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock of the backside of the desert, and went to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.

The author puts the Mountain of God in the “backside of the desert” concerning Midian. Midian was at the at south of the Sinai Wilderness, the abandon being referred to, thus the mountain would appear to be on its northern side, a range now called the Shara Mountains.

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It is here that Moses is later said to have a miracle. As indicated by the Old Testament book of Numbers, chapter 20, verses 11-14, after he has come back to Egypt and led the Israelites to freedom in the Sinai Wilderness, Moses assumes them to a position called Meribah, on the border of the kingdom of Edom. Here, he makes a supernatural spring by striking his staff against a stone. The exceptionally same story of the supernatural occurrence at Meribah is likewise told in the book of Exodus, chapter 17, verses 5-7, however in this entry we are informed that the episode happens at Horeb – the Mountain of God. Thus, taken together, these two entries demonstrate that the antiquated recorders trusted that Mount Sinai transcended a place then called Meribah on Edom’s border.

The valley in which the kingdom of Edom remained during Moses’ time, around 1300 BC, later turned into the site of the city of Petra in Roman times, and the main route into this once fertile valley, keeping away from an overwhelming pull over the mountains, was through a tight rough chasm known as the Siq (Arabic for canyon). As we are informed that, after he made the extraordinary stream, Moses sent a delivery person to the lord of Edom to request that consent enter his territory (Numbers 20: 14 – 17), that they most likely found the occasion at the entrance to the Siq.

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Moses creates the miraculous stream. Painting by the seventeenth-century artist François Perrier.

Amazingly, the researchers appear to have totally disregarded these pieces of information to pinpoint the Mountain of God, the people certainly haven’t. At the passageway to the Siq there is a Bedouin shine worked over a holy pool called “Ain Musa” (The Spring of Moses) – said to be the very place where the supernatural occurrence happened. Transcending Ain Musa is a mountain today called Jebel al-Madhbah, so was this the consecrated site the Old Testament creators refers to as Mount Sinai, Horeb, and The Mountain of God?

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Ragnar Larsen