The Daily Star reports that Saudi Arabia plans to bulldoze a site many believe is the location of Mt. Sinai, where God gave Moses the Ten Commandments, although the exact location remains disputed.
The site in question is a 8,460 foot peak known called, Jabal al Lawz (mountain of almonds), located in northeast Saudi Arabia near the border with Jordan.
Experts from the Doubting Thomas Research Foundation support the belief that Mt. Sinai is in this region of Saudi Arabia, arguing it lies right in middle of a proposed construction plan by the Saudi government to build a city 33 times the size of New York City, meaning it would need to be bulldozed to make way for construction.
The project, Neom, proposed by Riyadh, would cover 10,200 square miles – 33 times the size of New York City.
“Bible scholars have claimed there is evidence that suggests the peak Jabal al-Lawz in the Middle Eastern kingdom is actually Mount Sinai,” the Star reports. (Saudi Arabia is not in the Middle East, it is in the Persian Gulf.)
According to Dr. Charles Whittaker at Louisiana Baptist University, Biblical accounts and modern research support his claim that Jabal al-Lawz is the location of Mt. Sinai. He sites archaeological discoveries from the site and an estimated calculation of the rate of travel of the Exodus.
Saudi Arabian authorities conducted an archaeological study of the mountain in the early nineties and reject the claim that Jabal al Lawz is the location of Mt. Sinai.
Dr. Whittaker disagrees with their findings, saying, “There is such a preponderance of historical information and scholarship from many sources and times periods, one must weigh the conclusions of the Deputy Minister of Antiquities carefully.”
BASE founder and Bible scholar Bob Cornuke, who travelled to Saudi Arabia in secret and “traced the Exodus route,” supports Dr. Whittaker’s conclusion.
Cornuke has claimed to have uncovered evidence of the remains of the Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia and of Noah’s Ark in Iran.
He said: “This expedition yielded the first of a wealth of compelling new evidence to suggest that the Strait of Tiran on the Gulf of Aqaba was the crossing point for the route of the Exodus, and that Jabal al-Lawz in Saudi Arabia is the true Mount Sinai.”
Creationist researcher Gordon Franz dismisses the claim that Mount Sinai is in Saudi Arabia, saying, “There is no credible historical, geographical, archaeological or Biblical evidence for the thesis that Mt. Sinai is at Jebel al-Lawz in Saudi Arabia.”