Experts believe they’ve discovered one of the Bible’s holiest sites—kilometers from where it was previously thought to exist.
The Doubting Thomas Research Foundation claims to have discovered the very same mountain where Moses led the Israelites, according to the Old Testament—a mountain engulfed in smoke, fire, and thunder—and where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God at the summit.
Mount Sinai, one of the most hallowed places in the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic religions, is actually Jabal Maqla, located in the Jabal al-Lawz mountain range in northwestern Saudi Arabia, according to the society.
While most people believe this miraculous occurrence was a work of fiction recorded hundreds of years after it allegedly occurred, some contend there is accumulating proof that it happened.
For hundreds of years, an Egyptian mountain range was supposed to be the location of the holy mountain.
However, investigators from the Doubting Thomas Research Foundation, a biblical archaeologist organization, claim this is false and have solid proof to back it up.
Foundation president Ryan Mauro, who is a Middle East expert, told the Sun: “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, have been found at the traditional Mount Sinai, in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.
“But what if these scholars have been looking in the wrong spot?
“Move over into the Arabian peninsula and you find incredibly compelling evidence matching the Biblical account.”
Scorched mountain peak
He claims that the genuine holy site is in Saudi Arabia’s northwestern province and that there is solid evidence to back this up.
The researchers subsequently identified Mount Sinai as Jabal Maqla, a peak in the Jabal al-Lawz mountain range.
According to the Bible, God descended as a fire on Mount Sinai.
They further claim that the mountain’s charred peaks indicate that this is the location.
Signs of path under Red Sea
In the Book of Exodus, when Moses raises his walking stick, God parts the waters, allowing them to leave.
According to legend, the water then rushed back in, crushing the pursuing troops.
Because studies have shown land pathways beneath the water, the foundation believes Nuweiba Beach is the most plausible crossing point.
They claim that evidence discovered by Swedish scientist Dr. Lennart Moller exposes the army’s remnants.
They discovered what they thought to be chariot outlines enclosed in coral, although the metal and wood had long since decomposed.
Across the Red Sea, evidence matches the Biblical campground Elim, containing 12 wells and 70 palm trees, with a dozen water sources still in use today.
Altar of Moses
At the base of Jabal al-Maqla, there is an ancient altar site made of uncut granite stones and the remains of what appear to be small, ancient marble pillars beside it, just as described in the Book of Exodus.
At the base of Mount Sinai, Moses is claimed to have built an altar out of uncut stones and placed 12 pillars beside it, each representing one of Israel’s 12 tribes.
So far, nine pillars have been discovered, with various broken marble pieces strewn throughout the region.
Mount Horeb split rock
A massive split rock sits atop a significant slope on the approach to the presumed Mount Sinai.
Although this is in a location with very little rainfall, the rock, and hill beneath exhibit evident traces of water erosion.
Mauro said: “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.”
Golden Calf worship site
What is thought to be the Golden Calf worship site and having signs of burial are two other vital pieces of evidence on this mountain.
The Golden Calf episode is described in Exodus 32, in which the Israelites create a golden calf, which was an Egyptian god, and worship it while Moses remains on Mount Sinai.
The golden calf worshippers are murdered for their idolatry when Moses returns down the mountain.
Mauro said: “Close to the mountain, we have this site covered with depictions of people worshipping bulls and cows.
“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.”