MemberApril 4, 2021 at 9:48 am
So does anyone have any biblical or geographical objections to the location of Mount Sinai in the same mountain range as Mount Zion and Mount Hermon? If Har Karkom is Mount Sinai, then the three holy peaks are evenly spaced about 200 km apart along the mountain range (the Hill Country) that forms the ‘spine’ of Israel. Har Karkom is the southernmost formation of the range. It is the ‘prow’ of the Hill Country as you approach from the south through the Paran basin. Har Zion is at the centre (of course) and Har Hermon, the snowy crown of the Land and the possible site of Jesus’ transfiguration, is at the northern extent of Israelite territory. This scenario forces quite a shift in one’s concept of the biblical arena to one of a single geological formation on which played out the biblical saga of revelation, probation, and consecration. In just 400 km from south to north, the climate transitions from dry to drenched, the landscape from barren to fertile, and land use from nomadic pastoral to settled horticultural. There seems to be a theological aspect to biblical geography, including the fact that the two great centres of exile throughout the Israelite period–Egypt across a desert to the west and Babylon across a desert to the east–have great perennial rivers providing abundance but also decadence.
For the land that you are about to enter to occupy is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you sow your seed and irrigate by foot like a vegetable garden. But the land that you are crossing over to occupy is a land of hills and valleys, watered by rain from the sky, a land that the LORD your God looks after. The eyes of the LORD your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year. (Deu 11:10-12 NRSV)