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  • Deborah Hurn

    January 14, 2021 at 8:06 am

    Hoffmeier, James K. “Sinai in Egyptian, Levantine and Hebrew (Biblical) Perspectives.” In The History of the Peoples of the Eastern Desert, edited by Hans Barnard and Kim Duistermaat, 105–24. Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Monograph 73. Los Angeles, CA: UCLA, 2012.

    [122] The description in Deuteronomy 1:2 that it “is an eleven days’ journey from Horeb by way of Mt. Seir to Kadesh-Barnea” is valuable for locating Mount Sinai for two reasons. First because there is widespread agreement that Ain Qudeirat is Kadesh-Barnea, and second the figure eleven is so irregular and holds no particular symbolic significance that it is understood as a precise figure by biblical scholars” (Davis, 1978; Davies 1979; Hoffmeier 2005; 122-24. Rainey and Notley 2006; 120).

    [122] The information in Deut 1:2 certainly supports the tradition that Mount Sinai is located in South Sinai because of the distance that this entails, between 265 and 350 km (Hoffmeier 2005: 123) and 288 and 400 km (Davies, 1979), while it makes north and central Sinai locations, such as Gebel Halal, or Har Karkom, and those in Arabia, such as Hala al-Badr, unlikely (Hoffmeier 2005: 130-44: Rainey and Notley 2006: 120).