Chapter

 Sinai

James K. Hoffmeier

in Ancient Israel in Sinai

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780195155464
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835652 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/0195155467.003.0003
 Sinai

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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

Chapter.  5742 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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