Mount Sinai also called Jebel Moussa, a mountain in Egypt's Sinai desert

Mount Sinai also called Jebel Moussa, a mountain in Egypt's Sinai desert

Mount Sinai also called Jebel Moussa, a mountain in Egypt's Sinai desert. Hike from the monastery built around the Burning Bush, where God told Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, up to the summit of Mount Sinai, where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God.

Through the centuries, his Bedouin tribe has intermarried with the original 200 Romanian serfs who were sent to St. Catherine's Monastery to serve the original monks in the sixth century. Descendants of those serfs work for the current monks -- cooking, gardening, tending the monastery. Others, like [Seleem], work as guides for pilgrims to Mount Sinai.

In the Desert of Sinai, c. 1446 B.C., the 12 Tribes of Israel, only three months delivered from slavery in Egypt, encamped in front of a mountain. High above them, atop Mount Sinai, at about 7,500 feet in elevation, it's the second highest mountain in Sinai. Many Jews, Christians and Muslims call it Moses Mountain because it is believed this is where Moses received the Ten Commandments (indispensable laws mankind has always needed to regulate their relationships with God and man) from the lord, along with this: “Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. Make this tabernacle exactly like the pattern I will show you.”

According to the Hebrew Bible, the Jews were led from Egypt by Moses, who built a temporary sanctuary in the Sinai desert. The first Jewish Temple is believed to have been built in 957 B.C. by King Solomon. The holiest shrine of the Jews for over 300 years, it was destroyed by Babylonians who sacked the city of Jerusalem in 586 B.C. The Second Temple, authorized by Cyrus the Great, was built in 515 B.C., possibly by Darius. This was also destroyed subsequently. King Herod rebuilt the temple on the Temple Mount and this structure survived until the Muslim conquest of Jerusalem in the seventh century.
A monastery of Mount Sinai also called Jebel Moussa, a mountain in Egypt's Sinai desert
Moses is one of the most recognizable figures from the Bible, and his deeds have far outlived his life. He brought the Ten Commandments down from Mount Sinai, it is attributed to him that he authored the Torah, and the most amazing accomplishment was his role in the Israelites' exodus from Egypt, the land of bondage and slavery. The exodus event is the single most significant event in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and is a precursor to Christ's work of setting sinners free by his work of redemption on the cross.

Visit St. Catherine' s monastery, in existence near biblical Sinai Mountains since the fifth century. A visit to the desert is highly recommended. Various trips to the Bedouins, the beautiful colored Canyon and beyond to Mount Sinai. The more adventurous should try to find a private guide, who takes them for a few days into the mountain desert with a camel. You will walk through hidden valleys, rest at secret oasis and during the night you sleep under a breathtaking firmament.

Sharm el-Sheikh is the administrative hub of Egypt's South Sinai Governorate which includes the smaller coastal towns of Dahab and Nuweiba as well as the mountainous interior, Saint Catherine's Monastery and Mount Sinai.

Last Updated on Wednesday 22nd December 2010