MemberMay 14, 2021 at 9:09 pm
In its favour, Har Karkom is by no means an obscure candidate. Right from the start, Israelis have been favourable to the possibility, not least because the mountain is within their borders. A newspaper headline in the 1980s announced Anati’s proposal with the headline !הר סיני בידינו har sinai be-yadenu! “Mount Sinai In Our Hands!” Since then, despite the total lack of facilities, hundreds of pilgrims per year make the desert trek (by 4×4) to Har Karkom on Shabbat and Jewish Holidays. These are the only times it is open because the mountain is part of an IDF tank firing range during the week. The number of tourists increases every year, as evidenced by the damage to the antiquities and the boom in safari providers who offer a full service.
I would be interested to hear from HFS members here what *specifically* you would need to know about Har Karkom in order to accept its authentic identification as the biblical Mount Sinai. If you have some expertise in historical geography, please tell me what evidence is necessary to establish the identities of sites in the north of the country to everyone’s satisfaction, so that the information eventually makes it into Bible atlases and even road maps.