These days the Bible, especially the Old Testament, is most commonly seen as largely allegorical and few modern Christians believe that the events of Genesis and Exodus happened exactly as described.
But a group of archaeologists claim that they have found evidence that at least some parts of those books are literally true – it’s just that the geography is off.
Mount Sinai is described in the Old Testament as the place where God handed Moses the two tablets containing the Ten Commandments.
The modern Mount Sinai, traditionally known as Jabal Musa, is located on the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt.
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But researchers from the Doubting Thomas Research Foundation claim that the Mount Sinai of the Old Testament is in fact an entirely different mountain some 80 miles to the east.
Foundation president Ryan Mauro 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 has been found at the traditional Mount Sinai in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.
"But what if these scholars have actually been looking in the wrong spot?
"Move over into the Arabian peninsula and you find incredibly compelling evidence matching the Biblical account."
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Part of his evidence that Jabal Maqla, which is part of the Jabal al-Lawz mountain range, is the true Mount Sinai is based on its colour.
Jabal Maqla has a patch of dark-coloured rock at its peak, which Foundation researchers say squares with the Biblical description of Mount Sinai being swathed in flame.
The also claim that Nuweiba Beach on the Red Sea has a natural ford that could explain the story of Moses parting the Red Sea to allow the Israelites to cross while drowning the Egyptian army.
Foundation scholars also identify various other sites that could they say, be the locations of other miraculous events in the Book of Exotic, such as a ruined temple at Jabal al-Maqla which they speculate could be the spot where the Children of Israel worshipped a golden idol while they waited for Moses to return from Mount Sinai carrying the word of God.
Ryan Mauro said: "Close to the mountain, we have this site covered with depictions of people worshipping bulls and cows."
He’s sure that this is definitive evidence that the events of the Book of Exodus took place in this region, which is partially fenced off by the Saudi government.
The Foundation says that it’s also on the trail of Noah’s Ark, in which four couples survived a flood that wiped out every other living thing on Earth.
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