Moses and The Mount Sinai

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“And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly. And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long and became louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice. Then the Lord came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain. And the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.” (Exodus 19:17-20, Macarthur, 1997) In the Sinai wilderness, there lies a holy, sacred mountain, Mount Sinai (Jebel Musa), “the mountain of Moses.” This sacred mountain, once made the Israelites tremble…show more content…
Sinai. “Muslim’s make the pilgrimage to Mt. Sinai to see the mosque, Christian pilgrim’s make the journey to encounter the chapel and far and in between, Jew’s rarely make a pilgrimage to Mt. Sinai so that it will “remain surrounded by misty holiness.”” (Kessler, 1968) Christian pilgrims encounter a revolutionary Christian ideology through the monastery images of Moses removing his sandals before a burning bush that was never consumed by fire, or Moses, holding to his face, the very tablets which ordained the way people were to live in the Old Testament prior to the transfiguration of the incarnate Christ in human form in the New Testament. The experience itself is a minimalized fraction of what Moses experienced when meeting with God face-to-face, standing in the presence of the holiest of holies, sealing Mt. Sinai as the birthplace of a spiritual nation where God showed His glory to Israel, forever changing history.
Resistant to change, the rituals of pilgrimage to Sinai are conspicuously set apart from the secular world. (Coleman & Elsner, 1994) Contradictory to Turner, the tripartite pilgrimage process features geographical separation, exposure to sacred knowledge and the expectation of transformation. To a degree, there are two conversions pilgrims are “expected” to experience in pilgrimage to Sinai. The first level would be one of a theological element, based on Christian belief, a
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