JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Archaeologists from the Christian-based Doubting Thomas Research Foundation claim to have located one of the holiest sites in the Bible: Mount Sinai, the place where the Torah was given. Moreover they see it as in an entirely different country from what is now known as Sinai, at the northwestern tip of Saudia Arabia.
The archaeologists are convinced that the Israelites actually crossed the Red Sea and not the narrow channel found near Egypt. Scientists have found land paths underneath the water, where God would have parted the waters for Moses and the Israelites. Moreover, a coral shaped like a chariot was found in the Red Sea, and other signs of a possible crossing of the sea are evident.
The archaeologists identify Mount Sinai with Jabal Maqla, a charred mountain which lies in the Jabal al-Lawz mountain range in northwestern Saudi Arabia. The black aspect of the mountain reminds them of the fact that the mountain was enveloped in smoke and fire when the Torah was given.
“One of the main reasons certain scholars claim that the Exodus is a myth is because little to no evidence for what the Bible records has been found at the traditional Mount Sinai in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula,” Foundation president Ryan Mauro, who is a Middle East expert, told the Sun.
“But what if these scholars have actually been looking in the wrong spot?” he noted. “Move over into the Arabian peninsula and you find incredibly compelling evidence matching the Biblical account.”
On the way from the nearby beach to the possible Mt. Sinai is a large, split rock with signs of water erosion, despite being in the midst of a desert.
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“We believe this distinct landmark could be the rock that God commanded Moses to strike which water then gushed forth from miraculously providing for the Israelite population,” Mauro said.
The experts also discovered a site which appeared to be an altar near the base of the mountain, akin to the altar Moses is said to have built at the foot of Mount Sinai from uncut stones.
A graveyard located nearby could be the site where worshippers of the golden calf were buried after being killed by the Levites for their idolatrous behavior.
“Close to the mountain, we have this site covered with depictions of people worshipping bulls and cows,” Mauro told the Sun. “And what’s really significant is that these petroglyphs are isolated to this area. It’s not like they’re carved all over the mountain.”