Where is Mount Sinai?

English: Mount Sinai before sunrise June 2006 ...
English: Mount Sinai before sunrise June 2006 Egypt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I did not realize that the location of Mount Sinai was particularly controversial until I stumbled across a You Tube video in which Jim and Penny Caldwell discuss Mount Sinai with the hosts of glc.com.  The traditional location of Mount Sinai is in Egypt, but Ms. Caldwell notes that Paul’s letter to the Galatians locates Mount Sinai in Arabia, not Egypt.

For this Agar [Hagar] is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage, with her children (Galatians 4: 25 KJV).

I’ve read Galatians many times but never noticed the reference to Mount Sinai “in Arabia..”  The passage is allegorical but the reference to Mount Sinai in Arabia is literal. We know for a fact that Paul went to Arabia.  In Galatians 1: 16b-17, Paul writes that after his Road to Damascus encounter with Christ, he “conferred not with flesh and blood; Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus” (KJV).

Some maps show Mount Sinai in Egypt with a “?” next to the site.   One argument for placing the Mountain of God in Egypt is that maps have changed since Paul walked the earth.  I don’t know enough about geography to comment one way or the other, but Jim and Penny Caldwell’s argument for placing Mount Sinai in Saudi Arabia is compelling.

Your thoughts are welcomed.


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