Mount Sinai

Mount Sinai

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Background

Also known as Mount Horeb. It was here Moses witnessed the burning bush whilst tending Joseph’s flocks. ‘The bush burned but was not consumed’ is the common theme. There are different versions.

Sinai derives from the Semitic, Sin or ‘Sun God’ OR sin-ah, meaning hatred referring to the Jealousy people felt against the Jews. I’ve been to many places where the sun rises, and this isn’t the greatest amongst them.

Definitely a place for reflection.

Moses received the ten commandments here.

Ascent

Mount Sinai is a journey reachable from St. Katherine (town). Where there are a few hotels.

They say that Mount Sinai is best viewed at dawn, when one can wonder at the true spectacle of this desert mountain landscape and the beauty of it all etc. etc.
The truth is, if you attempted in the day, you would suffer heat-stroke, exhaustion or both.

This is a 2 hour, 3 mile jaunt ascent of roughly 1500ft along dusty track followed by steps which last for 700 steps.

Expect to be fit or fast if you want to get there at dawn.

Here are the rewards.

mount sinai @ dawn
mount Sinai at dawn

sinia highest point
chapel at mount Sinai

Descent
Took the descent down the 7,000 step route.

This is the original, steep route, and the one we hear so much about. You will know you are on the right track as you pass through 2 arches.

It descends from the mountain taking in 7,000 rock hewn steps, although I didn’t count them so I can’t be sure where this statistic was coming from.

One thing I can be sure of was there were no Camel trip or attractions to plunder your money on.

I enjoyed the silence and was able to reflect on how Moses must have been thinking in order to wonder up to such a wild and desolate place and what inspired people to hate the Jews so much..

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rocky descent, 7000 steps

The chances of death are high. You’re on your own, in every sense. Perhaps more than anywhere else I’ve ever been. But the silence is great. Shame there are so many tourists around 🙂

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  1. Consider that the real Mount Sinai is in Saudi Arabia (Midyan) Do some research on it and you will be amazed. Look for “Jabal Al Lawz” – Ron Wyatt – Cornuke and Williams – Many resources are available.

    The Red Sea Crossing site has been discovered already in the 80’s.
    A staring point can be this site:
    http://www.lutheranscience.org/2006-JabalAlLawz1.html
    But don’t limit your research to this point alone, be critical, be septic….

    Really, do some research, it’s fascinating. and maybe it will be a catalyser to accept the existence of the God of Israel, the same as the God from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob into your life.

    Think about some of the following :
    How is it possible that Christians follow the same God of the Jews, and have NO FEASTS in common? Think and do research. It may be life changing to discover the truth!

    There are many questions to be raised and thanks to the internet answers can be found to most of them.

    May our Creator bless you and incite you to walk on his paths…

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