Saudi Arabia is famous for its holy Muslim sites of Mecca and Medina, but many don’t know that the country may be home to one of the most important Christian sites as well. New archeological evidence suggests another possible location for the biblical Mount Sinai – the place believed to be where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God – lies deep in the Saudi Arabian mountains.
With these new findings, Christians from all over the world have chosen to make a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia to see this destination, Jebel Al-Lawz, for themselves. Could this Saudi mountain really be where Moses received the Ten Commandments? Keep reading to find out.
What is Moses Mountain Called in Saudi Arabia?
Jebel Al-Lawz – located in the northwestern Tabuk region, near the Egyptian border – is often referred to as ‘Moses Mountain’. The name stems from the belief that Moses received the Ten Commandments here and not on Egypt’s Mount Sinai. Jebel Al-Lawz translates to ‘Mountain of Almonds’ due to its light-colored rock formations and fertile grounds. Its height reaches an impressive 2,580 meters (8,460 feet) and is home to some of the country’s lush wonders, from wildflowers to juniper trees.
Could Jebel Al-Lawz Be The Mountain of Moses?
While Egypt’s Mount Sinai is widely regarded as the true biblical site where Moses stood, recent research suggests otherwise:
- According to the Old Testament, the route of Midian – Saudi Arabia’s original name – portrays a more accurate depiction of the Israelites’ Exodus journey
- The biblical description of Jebel Al-Lawz aligns more with the geographic features of Saudi’s northwestern region rather than Egypt’s
- Artifacts found atop the mountain verify human activity from ancient times, like inscriptions, petroglyphs, and more, validating these claims further
- Bedouin tribes have passed down the tale of Moses and his ascension to Jebel A-Lawz via oral traditions, going back generations
Foreigners devout to Abrahamic faiths have taken an interest in this site, especially Christians; Evangelicals, Baptists, and Mennonites alike. Visiting and reveling in the true setting depicted in biblical scripture is not only tantalizing, but uplifting for these visitors.
Though much research has gone into attempting to prove the site as the real Mount Sinai, no concrete evidence has been found to fully validate this claim. Nonetheless, Jebel Al-Lawz is a stunning sight to behold, boasting geological beauty and lush surroundings.
How to Visit Saudi’s Possible Mount Sinai
Unfortunately, the site is currently upheld by strict regulations, restricting public access to Jebel Al-Lawz. These rules might change in the coming years, given recent spikes in tourism, but it’s important to remember that historians and archeologists are still working on corroborating the location’s validity.
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