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Sinai/Sinai Traditions
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The Old Testament combines the name Sinai (Heb. סִינַי) with the words mountain and wilderness; this shows that it is a geographical place, but its precise location is uncertain. The events associated with Sinai (YHWH’s theophany and gift of the Torah) are the focus of interest, as the alternative names also show (Horeb/Mountain of God). The earliest recorded identification of Sinai with Jebel Musa, a 2285m peak in the mountainous southern massif of the Sinai Peninsula, is associated with Christian monastic pilgrim…

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Dohmen, Christoph, “Sinai/Sinai Traditions”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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