ANSWERS TO BIBLE QUESTIONS

1. Jebel Al Lawz. See map. This mountain is blackened on top; as with a fire, or volcanic action. Mt. Sinai is not blackened on top. This mountain is located in old Midian, on the east Arabian side of the Gulf of Aqaba, which is the easter gulf of the Red Sea. Archeologists are denied access, but a few did get to this site, and took pictures and wrote of their findings, but after that the Arabian despots fenced round the mountain, to keep them out. Why? Because the area is littered with ancient Hebrew artifacts, as the Mt. Sinai locality is not. Hebrew innscriptions and burials abound as well. Mt. Sinai, despite the famous monastery, has not furnished any proof that it is the true site, other than tradition among the Greek Orthodox monks. But the Jebel Al Lawz site is most promising that it is the true site of Mt. Horeb, where God stood in cloud and fire and smoke on the summit, and where the Ten Commandments were forged by the finger of God for Moses and the people of Israel!

Corroborative evidence has been found, coral growths on the seabed that not just resemble but show spokes of chariot wheels along with the rims of wooden wheels of chariots long since decomposed! Pictures of them were taken by divers. There are other artifacts too on the seabed, at a point where the Israelites must have crossed from the Suez peninsula. Now Suez was Egyptian territory, since time immemorial, so seeking safety from Pharoah, the Israels had to cross from the Sinai peninsula to the Arabian peninsula, not remain in Suez where the Pharoah had ready access to them, not to mention his forts and various mines with no doubt soldiers guarding them. But Midian over on the Arabian side was different, remaining a wilderness, and the home of nomadic Midian clans, and an unruly place to govern. The Egyptians probably did not set their soldiers and outposts there, but took tribute from them if they could. Here the nomadic Israelites would be far safer than in the Suez or Sinai peninsula. Once over in Midian, they had access to the southern reaches of the Aqaba rift valley with innumerable caves and places to hide, and also to the vast stretches of Arabia, as well as access to the Negev wilderness to the south of the Promised Land. And the area south of the Negev is where they did go! We know this by the Bible account. Read Exodus, Numbers, and Joshua. They travel to and reside in the southern parts or adjacent parts of the Negev desert and wilderness.

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