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  • Deborah Hurn

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    September 26, 2021 at 6:06 am

    MOUNT SINAI AND THE EXODUS JOURNEY

    The three general regions for locating Mount Sinai candidates—southern Sinai Peninsula, northern Sinai Peninsula, and Arabia (territories east of the Rift Valley)—have implications for the site of the Red Sea crossing, the direction and extent of the exodus route, and the locations of the wildernesses, as follows:

    · Southern Sinai candidates (including Jebel Musa) limit the Red Sea crossing to somewhere in the Suez Isthmus,[1] require a journey southeast towards the granite interior of southern Sinai, and confine the wildernesses of the exodus journey to the western side of the Sinai Peninsula.

    · Northern Sinai–Southern Negev candidates (including Har Karkom) limit the Red Sea crossing to somewhere in the Suez Isthmus or along the Mediterranean coast, require a journey eastward across central or northern Sinai, and confine the wildernesses of the exodus journey to the central and northern Sinai Peninsula.

    · Arabia-Transjordan candidates for Mount Sinai (including Jebel al-Lawz) require a journey eastward across the central Sinai, locate the Red Sea crossing somewhere in the Aqaba Gulf (with few exceptions), and confine the wildernesses of the exodus journey to the area around the Aqaba Gulf and the eastern side of the Rift Valley.

    [1] The shallow valley between Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula running some 100 km between the Mediterranean Sea in the north and the Red Sea in south.