Ras Safsafa in Sinai

View of Ras Safsafa and surrounding mountains from Jebel Musa, southern Sinai peninsula (Egypt).

No one knows for sure where Mount Sinai is, but it is mentioned many times in the book of Exodus, in other books of the Bible, and in the Qur’an. According to Jewish, Christian, and Islamic tradition, the biblical Mount Sinai was the place where Moses received the Ten Commandments. One traditional view is that Mount Sinai may be identified with one of the peaks in the southern Sinai Peninsula—either Ras Safsafa or the higher southern peak, Jebel Musa. Scholars are not even sure the mountain is located in what we call the Sinai Desert, southwest of Canaan, however; some speculate that it may instead be on the northwestern edge of the Arabian Peninsula.

 

View of Ras Safsafa and surrounding mountains from Jebel Musa, southern Sinai peninsula (Egypt).

migration of the ancient Israelites from Egypt into Canaan

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