MemberFebruary 20, 2021 at 11:43 pm
To the above post re Har Karkom being in the Nahal Paran catchment, I should have added this paragraph:
In 1950, some 30 years before Anati suggested that Har Karkom might be Mount Sinai, the Israel Governmental Names Commission renamed Wadi Jirafi as Nahal Paran for biblical and historical reasons (Pliny, Ptolemy, Josephus, Eusebius). Wadi Jirafi / Nahal Paran has its sources in the Harey Elath (the mountains to the west of Elath) and drains a large area NNE towards the Central Aravah. The Paran basin basically defines the whole Southern Negev. Har Karkom is in the northwest quadrant of this region, in the highlands component of the drainage basin. As above, the prominent ‘finger’ of the Karkom Plateau protrudes southward into the Paran floodplain and can be seen at great distances in many directions.