Sharks at Sharm el-Sheikh in the Sinai

Even our local TV news is reporting on the shark attacks at Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt. Sharm el-Sheikh is located  on the tip of the Sinai Peninsula. The Huffington Post includes numerous links for those who have an interest in this subject here.

I have been in the Sinai peninsula several time, but have visited Sharm el-Sheikh only once in 1973. At that time the Sinai was under Israeli control. The site played an important role in the June War of 1967. The United Arab Republic closed the Straits of Tiran to Israeli shipping and blockaded all ships headed for Eilat. This narrow waterway and one of the Egyptian guns is seen in the old photo I made. Today Israel and Egypt share diplomatic relations and the Sinai is under Egyptian control. Sharm el-Sheikh is one of Egypt’s most popular resorts.

Egyptian gun taken by Israel at the Straits of Tiran in 1967. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Egyptian gun taken by Israel at the Straits of Tiran in 1967. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

The Sinai is significant in biblical history because the traditional location of Mount Sinai is located there, equated with Jebel Musa.

The glory of the LORD settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days. On the seventh day He called to Moses from the cloud. (Exodus 24:16 CSB)

Scholars are not in agreement on the location of Mount Sinai. In the beautiful revised edition of the Zondervan Atlas of the Bible, geographer Carl G. Rasmussen says,

… there are at least twelve different candidates for Mount Sinai: five in the southern part of the peninsula, four in the north, one in the center, one in Midian (Saudia Arabia), and another in Edom (southern Transjordan). — page 103

One response to “Sharks at Sharm el-Sheikh in the Sinai

  1. Pingback: The Route of the Exodus and the Location of Mount Sinai | Ferrell's Travel Blog

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