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Debunked: Mount Sinai and Parting of the Red Sea?

Posted by mostwantedspythriller on June 15, 2009

Many of us have been taught in bible studies the story of Moses and the 300px-Saint_Catherine_Sinai[1]Exodus and that Mount Sinai is in the south central Sinai Peninsula.  The traditional site was declared to be Mount Sinai by Helena, mother of Constantine I, who decreed it as such in the early 300s AD and ordered a chapel built to lie directly on the fabled site of the burning bush. In truth there is little or no evidence to support this being the true location. Later in the 6th century St Catherine’s Monastery was built to enclose the chapel.

Meanwhile for centuries, scholars, explorers and pilgrims have sought the the true location. There are several other sites proposed over the years, but no hard evidence was produced.

While the scriptures in  Exodus 3:1 plainly identify Mount Horeb (Sinai) as being in Midian. The region of “Midian” is in present-day Saudi Arabia. This has been established by numerous sources. Exodus 2:15 reveals even more. After killing an Egyptian, Moses fled Egypt for safer ground: “When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian.”  The Bible is clear that Moses went out of Egypt, to the land of Midian east of the Gulf of Aqaba. 

Now an investigator and explorer, Robert  Cornuke, has developed compelling evidence for the real Mount Sinai being Jabal al lawz in northern Saudi Arabia close to the Jordanian border.

This also aligns closely with recent scentific theories about the parting of the Red Sea, not being the Red Sea at all, but the Gulf of Aqaba.

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Aqaba

Accepting the biblical account was a ‘qualitative’ description events, Florida State oceanographer Doron Nof set out to investigate whether the parting of the Red Sea was plausible from a physical point of view. Using a common phenomenon called wind set-down effect, he found that a strong northwesterly would be sufficient to cause a sea level drop and to have exposed an underwater ridge, which the Israelites crossed as if it were dry land.

In The Miracles of Exodus author and Cambridge scientist Colin Humphreys argues that the biblical translation of the Red Sea may be incorrect too, concluding that “there can be little doubt that the Red Sea crossing was made possible by wind setdown at the head of the Gulf of Aqaba.”

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One Response to “Debunked: Mount Sinai and Parting of the Red Sea?”

  1. Dori Schmetterling said

    The Hebrew Bible does not mention the Red Sea, though the crossing point is commonly taken to be there (or nearby), as you indicate.

    It does not require Colin Humphreys to argue that “the biblical translation of the Red Sea MAY (my capitals) be incorrect”

    The bible says Yam Suph (“soof”) which probably means Sea of Reeds but has other possibilities, none of which is red…

    That certainly does not preclude other locations.

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