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Ancient Israel in SinaiThe Evidence for the Authenticity of the Wilderness Traditions$
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James K. Hoffmeier

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195155464

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/0195155467.001.000

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The Great and Terrible Wilderness

(p.35) 3 Sinai
Ancient Israel in Sinai

James K. Hoffmeier (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The Hebrew terminology is reviewed in an effort to determine the origin of the biblical words Sinai and Horeb. An attempt is made to identify the ancient Egyptian name for Sinai; it is probably bi3. The physical geography of the Sinai Peninsula is examined to gain an appreciation for how the biblical narratives portray life in the wilderness. There are three geographical divisions to Sinai whose differences were caused by the three geological zones, and the environment of the different regions are discussed.

Keywords:   environment of Sinai, geography, geology, Horeb, Sinai

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