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  • Deborah Hurn

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    May 14, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    It may come as a surprise to know that the Vatican has long been interested in this candidate for Mount Sinai, and in 2010 came very close to declaring Har Karkom as their official Sinai pilgrimage site. Several church officials and theologians met with Prof Anati in Italy for several days of consultation and four days at Har Karkom itself. Perhaps their interest was increased because Anati is a renowned Italian intellectual, perhaps also because the evidence for the mountain is compelling. It seems also that there would be considerable Catholic schadenfreude in proving that the Orthodox Church, which has ‘owned’ the pilgrimage to Mount Sinai at Jebel Musa since the 4th C, have the wrong site. Nonetheless, the Vatican backed off from commitment at the last stage. I don’t know why, but I suspect that Anati’s unconvincing itinerary was the reason. The article URL and full text follows: