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Book Title: In Search of the Mountain of God: The Discovery of the Real Mt. Sinai|
The author of the book: Robert Cornuke
ISBN 13: 9780805420524
Edition: B&H Publishing Group
Date of issue: June 1st 2000
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 562 KB
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This one of several books chronicling Bob Cornuke and Larry Williams' journeys to Jebel al-Lawz, a mountain that many people consider to be the biblical Mt. Sinai. Though the book tends to give the impression that Cornuke and Williams were the "discoverers" of Jebel al-Lawz's possible ties to the Exodus, the truth is they were pointed in the right direction by a previous expedition led by amateur archeologist Ron Wyatt, whose work regarding such biblical artifacts as Noah's Ark is widely considered to be fraudulent (so, it's no surprise that Wyatt is given only a single mention). Cornuke also admits that, in Saudi Arabia, the mountain's identity as Mt. Sinai is considered common knowledge, and therefore the only real "discovery" in this book is Cornuke's seemingly successful attempt to trace the exact Exodus route all the way from Jebel al-Lawz in Saudi Arabia back to where it originated in ancient Egypt.
Despite this book not being a scholarly work by any means, Cornuke makes a strong argument for his case, especially considering how little time he actually spent exploring the area (he and his traveling partner must have been given a heads-up on what to look out for). Despite the relative ease with which Cornuke seems to make one important discovery after another in a very short period of time, I found his presentation of the material to be quite convincing. By the end of the book, I felt positive that Jebel al-Lawz was indeed the real Mt. Sinai.
Ah, but then I went online and read some arguments in opposition to Cornuke's thesis, most of which were put forth by biblical scholar Gordon Franz. At some point, the back-and-forth debate got very technical, and I would need a doctorate in Bible history to sort out whose information is correct, Cornuke's or Franz's.
So, ultimately, I'm not qualified to have an opinion on whether this book's main premise is accurate. Sure is fun to speculate, though.
As for the book itself, I found it something of a mixed bag. In order to make it more fun, Cornuke recounts his explorations in such a way that I almost felt I was reading an Allan Quatermain novel rather than a book on biblical archaeology. The upside is that IN SEARCH OF THE MOUNTAIN OF GOD will hold the attention of even the most casual readers, but the downside is that the book sometimes feels heavy on adventure and light on facts. I also got tired of Cornuke constantly reminding me of what an accomplished and gutsy dude he is. Please, Mr. Cornuke, I can figure that out for myself. But I must say, for a self-styled "international adventurer," Mr. Cornuke sure seems out of his element in foreign countries. When he's not throwing out his back or getting lost in the desert, he's carelessly walking into minefields (literally) and stupidly getting his local contact in trouble with the authorities. The low point of the book is when Cornuke and Williams have a footrace to prove who is manlier--a childish competition which Cornuke wins with bad grace (by recounting it in the book) and Williams loses with even worse grace.
It's a fun book to read if you're into these sorts of adventures, but not good enough to warrant all the different versions that have been published. In addition to this volume, Cornuke has written RELIC QUEST, which is a slight variation of the same thing. THE GOLD OF EXODUS by Howard Blum is another account of Cornuke and Williams' adventure, and Williams himself wrote THE MOUNTAIN OF MOSES (later retitled THE MOUNT SINAI MYTH) chronicling the exact same trip. Not only does this feel like a bit of a cash grab, but the result is that certain minor discrepancies arise and cast a shadow on the overall narrative. For example, it seems clear that Cornuke has a tendency to exaggerate for dramatic effect.
Honestly, you're better off just watching the documentary (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICBv1...) and calling it a night.
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