The location of mount Sinai

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The location of mount Sinai

Postby Isaac Fried » Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:51 pm

As it never attracted pilgrims and worshipers, the location of mount Sinai is lost. Legends place it in various places in the desert between Egypt and Israel.

Today we have read in 1Ki. 19:7-8
ויאמר קום אכל כי רב ממך הדרך ויקם ויאכל וישתה וילך בכח האכילה ההיא ארבעים יום וארבעים לילה עד הר האלהים חרב
NIV: The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb the mountain of God.

In a strenuous "walk" of forty days and forty nights, Elijah could have covered the distance of at least 2000 km, bringing him from the Negeb to what I suspect is mount Sinai: the volcano Erta Ale in Ethiopia.
The crossing of the Red Sea occurred, methinks, further south at the narrow (28 km) Bab-el-Mandeb strait, separating Africa and Asia.

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Re: The location of mount Sinai

Postby Isaac Fried » Fri Jul 18, 2014 12:05 am

Compare also the lively description of the rumbling, smoke spewing, magma gurgling mountain of Ex. 19:16-19
ויהי ביום השלישי בהית הבקר ויהי קלת וברקים וענן כבד על-ההר וקל שפר חזק מאד ויחרד כל העם אשר במחנה ויוצא משה את העם לקראת האלהים מן המחנה ויתיצבו בתחתית ההר והר סיני עשן כלו מפני אשר ירד עליו יהוה באש ויעל עשנו כעשן הכבשן ויחרד כל ההר מאד ויהי קול השפר הולך וחזק מאד
KJV: "And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled. And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. 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. And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder"

with Elijah's cool headed discerning between the tumult of nature and the ultimate "thin voice within the dead silence" in 1Ki. 19:11-12

ויאמר צא ועמדת בהר לפני יהוה והנה יהוה עבר ורוח גדולה וחזק מפרק הרים ומשבר סלעים לפני יהוה לא ברוח יהוה ואחר הרוח רעש לא ברעש יהוה ואחר הרעש אש לא באש יהוה ואחר האש קול דממה דקה
KJV: " And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice."

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Re: The location of mount Sinai

Postby Isaac Fried » Wed Jul 23, 2014 9:41 pm

As for the name סיני SINAIY, it is possibly generic and related to שן $EN, 'tooth'. It is also also apparently related to mount שיאון SIYON of Deut. 4:48, mount ציון CIYON, and צן CIN of Nu. 13:21, all related, in turn, to שיא SIY, summit', as in Job 20:6.
The R in שניר SNIYR and שיריון SIRION, as in Deut. 3:9, is possibly for הר HAR, or צור, שור CUR, $UR, 'mountain'.

Etna is possibly also a relative.

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Re: The location of mount Sinai

Postby SteveMiller » Sun Aug 17, 2014 8:06 pm

Mt Sinai is in Midian (Saudi Arabia) east of the Gulf of Aquaba.
http://www.arkdiscovery.com/mt__sinai_found.htm
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