Mount Sinai, also known as Mount Horeb, is the mountain where God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses.
A major controversy among archaeologists and Bible historians has been raging for many decades, that is, as to where the real Mount Sinai is located. If we are ever to discern a correct location for the historical events recorded in any biblical book, it is important to use the Bible as a guide.
In the New Testament, the apostle Paul wrote in Galatians 4:25,
“For this Hagar is mount Sinai in Arabia…”
Paul is clearly saying that Mount Sinai is in Arabia, which has always been east and south of Palestine, the ancient land of Midian, the area of present-day Saudi Arabia. Even more telling, Exodus 3:1 plainly identifies Mount Sinai as being in Midian. It states:
“Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb”.
Moses fled Egypt after killing an Egyptian. Exodus 2:15 says,
“Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.”
The Bible says that he went out of Egypt, and makes several references to Moses returning to Egypt from the land of Midian. As Exodus 4:19 tells us,
“And the LORD said unto Moses in Midian, Go, return into Egypt: for all the men are dead which sought thy life.”
All of these passages clearly point to present-day Saudi Arabia as the area to which Moses fled and subsequently met God at the burning bush.
This 8,000 ft. mountain in North West Arabia is known on modern maps as Jebel el Lawz/ Jabal al Lawz. It encloses an area large enough to accommodate millions of people and their flocks and herds. The site shows all the elements that should be at Mount Sinai. These include a scorched peak. Exodus 19:18 records:
“And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.”
Another remarkable find was a massive split boulder with a clear evidence of water erosion mentioned in Exodus 17:6, twelve wells at Elim mentioned in Exodus 15:27, ancient obelisk with Hebrew inscriptions, remains of the twelve pillars Moses erected and the altar mentioned in Exodus 24:4, several items of pottery and rock drawings of cows.
Additionally the crossing area of the Gulf of Aqaba is more consistent with the scriptural account which describes it a crossing in deep waters. Remains of ancient chariots wheels have also been found, buried in the water and mud, consistent with Pharaoh army’s chariots swallowed by the waters.
The Bible again has been shown to be true and reliable, down to the smallest historical detail. Critics who claim that the Bible does not coincide with known history and geography are again shown to be wrong once the facts surface. The account in the Bible is accurate … a discovery that proves how authentic the Bible is…
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