Mount Sinai

by Mary Nell Wyatt

(First published in newsletter # 17/18 July 1997)

Down through the ages, the location of Midian as being in Arabia has been recognized by numerous writers and scholars. Ron's theory that Midian and Mt. Sinai were in northwestern Saudi Arabia was not "all that farfetched", as Rene Noorbergen wrote in "Treasures of the Lost Races". 

"...The Biblical references connecting Sinai with Mount Seir, Edom and the land of Midian seem clearly to indicate this region east of the Aelanitic Gulf (Gulf of Akaba) as pointed out by Beke (1834), Walllhausen (1886), Sayce (1894), Moore (1895), Shede (1897), Gall (1898), Gunkel (1903), Edward Meyer (1906), Schmidt (1908), Gressmann (1913), Haupt (1914) and by Alois Musil in 'The Northern Hegaz' (1911)." ("On the Track of the Exodus" by C. C. Robertson, Artisan Sales, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 1990, p. 87).

But what many seem not to realize is that Mt. Sinai was also in Midian:

EXO 3:1 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. 2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed... 12 And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.

The most obvious Biblical reference to the location of Mt. Sinai is the statement by the Apostle Paul, when presenting the "allegory" of the 2 covenants:

GAL 4:25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.

Some tried to "explain" this with the claim that during the time of Moses, the Sinai Peninsula was considered "Arabia". But Ancient Egyptian evidence proves that this desolate region was always under the control of Egypt:

"...the land west of a line from the Wady of Egypt to the Elanitic Gulf [the Gulf of Aqaba] has always belonged to the Egyptian political sphere, and actually that is the present boundary of Egypt.... the South-Arabians called the same region Msr, i.e. Misraim, Egypt." ("Arabia and the Bible" by James A Montgomery, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1934, p. 31.)

When Ron was at Jebel el Lawz in 1985, he learned first-hand of the traditions among the inhabitants of the region which placed Jethro (Moses' father-in-law) in northwestern Saudi Arabia. Numerous other visitors to the area also have been told of the legends about Jethro and his family living around Al-Bad, which is located southwest of Jebel el Lawz, about 10 miles from the Gulf of Aqaba.

I could go on and on with references that support the traditions of Jethro and Moses in the region, but tradition is limited in it's usefulness. The Jews, the Arabs, and the Christians all had different traditions as to where Noah's Ark came to rest. The proof comes from the evidence. And there is NO doubt that Jebel el Lawz is the site of the Holy Mountain, Mt. Sinai. The evidence Ron saw at the mountain is overwhelming enough, but the other evidence in the region fits the Biblical account precisely.