Mt. Sinai is in Saudi Arabia, not the Sinai Peninsula.
Churches take their congregations on “Mt. Sinai” tours to some mountain on the Sinai Peninsula that is not Mt. Sinai. This is because, as I’ve pointed out repeatedly on this website, “Bible-believing” Christians largely don’t believe the Bible– they believe Bible commentaries. The maps at the back of Bibles are part of this commentary material.
Publishers add commentaries and maps to help teach us the Bible. The problem is that the Bible is never wrong, but publishers are! The Bible tells us the infallible benchmark against which we are to test all words of Scripture– other words of Scripture.
Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation [unlike maps and commentaries]. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. ~ 2 Peter 1:19-21 NIV
Scripture is the word of God, not man. It is never wrong. Therefore, if you ever have a question about something in the Bible, you will find the answer somewhere else in the Bible. The best advice on studying the Bible is to “let the Bible interpret the Bible.” Once you have done this, then use outside sources such as maps, to wow yourself with the accuracy of God’s word. A serious problem arises when publishers and pastors fail to check the Bible against the Bible, and instead rely on outside sources for clarification. Here is a case in point.
A longstanding tradition exists in the church whereby pastors teach that Mt. Sinai is located on the Sinai Peninsula. This tradition is reflected in many Bibles, where maps (added by man to the back of Bibles) show Mt. Sinai on the Sinai Peninsula.
The problem is that the Bible never says that Mt. Sinai is on the Sinai Peninsula. The Bible says that Mt. Sinai is in Arabia!
Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia… ~ Galatians 4:25
On the map shown, Arabia is the rightmost land mass, which is modern-day Saudi Arabia. However, tradition had the publishers place Mt. Sinai on the Sinai Peninsula, in direct contradiction to where the Bible says Mt. Sinai is located!
So, Mt. Sinai is actually in Arabia, not the Sinai Peninsula. But does the Bible get any more specific than that? Yes.
When Moses fled Egypt after killing the Egyptian, he fled to a land called “Midian.”
When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well. ~ Exodus 2:15
And in Midian is a place called “Horeb, the mountain of God.”
Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. ~ Exodus 3:1-3
And this “Horeb” is used synonymously in the Bible with Mt. Sinai.
“Remember the law of my servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave him at Horeb for all Israel.” ~ Malachi 4:4
You can even see “Mt. Horeb” under the words “Mt. Sinai” on the map above.
So, using the Bible to interpret the Bible, we know:
- Horeb and Mt. Sinai are the same (Malachi 4:4)
- Mt. Sinai is in Arabia (Galatians 4:25)
- Mt. Sinai is in, or very near, Midian (Exodus 3:1-3)
Therefore, Midian should be in Arabia.
Bingo! Midian is in Arabia. In my New International Version (NIV) Bible, this map is the very next map after the first one I posted. It shows Midian in Arabia, but Mt. Sinai on the Sinai Peninsula. Again, this was a case of, I believe, the publishers going on automatic pilot and using the traditional location of Mt. Sinai, rather than the Biblical location of Mt. Sinai. The Bible is always proven true. Tradition is not!!!
When a man named Ron Wyatt used the Bible, instead of tradition, as his guide, he found the evidence that no one else could. For centuries, “experts” looked in the traditional location of Mt. Sinai for evidence of the Biblical accounts. They found nothing. But when Ron Wyatt followed the trail in the Bible, he found the archaeological evidence to verify the Israelites’ experience at Mt. Sinai as recorded in Scripture.
I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock , and water will come out of it for the people to drink.” So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel. ~ Exodus 17:6
They did not thirst when he led them through the deserts; he made water flow for them from the rock; he split the rock and water gushed out. ~ Isaiah 48:21
Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water. ~ Exodus 15:27
Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the LORD descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, the whole mountain trembled violently, and the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder. Then Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him. ~ Exodus 19:18-19
The Bible is always proven true.