MemberJune 11, 2021 at 5:48 pm
I’m not going to respond to the various responses other than to talk about Sinai’s location. Paul states quite clearly Sinai is in Arabia. The Greek word used there is specifically “Arabia”. The Aramaic (arguably the language he wrote in) specifically is “Arabia”. The people of that area understood 3 different areas of Arabia and would have stated which one they were referring to by the words used. While facing east, there was Desert Arabia, Fertile Arabia (south) and Arabia proper (the Roman province). Paul most assuredly would be referring to the proper Roman province. This included present day Saudi Arabia as well as the Sinai Peninsula.
I do not understand why you say Midian was not in Arabia. Nothing in the Bible states that. You say it is “west”. The Hebrew does not state that either. The word is “backside or other side”. And “wilderness” is actually uninhabited pasture land. Moses was specifically leading the flock to a good feeding location. That is not a desert. He’d be a very poor shepherd if he did that.