The Lord came from Sinai,
and dawned from Seir upon us; he shone forth from Mount Paran, he came
from the ten thousands of holy ones, with flaming fire at his right hand.
- Deuteronomy 33:2
The area around Mount Sinai
is the spot believed to be where Moses escaped from Egypt and lived for
forty years with his father-in-law Jethro. Here God revealed himself
in the burning bush and commissioned Moses to lead his people to freedom
and to bring them to Mount Horeb in order to serve Him. Fifty days
afer their departure from Egypt, they reached this sacred spot where Moses
ascended to receive God's law.
have made their way to Mount Sinai since at least the fourth century to
visit the Monastery
and to ascend the heights of the mountain believed to be the place where
God revealed himself to Moses and made a covenant with the Chosen People.
Monks have lived near Mount Horeb since the third century. In 330 AD Constantine's
mother, the Empress Helena, built a church at the site of the burning bush.
The emperor Justinian had a church and walled fortress built in 527.
of St. Catherine stands at the base of Mount Sinai
See Also | Sunrise
at Mountain | Monastery | Pilgrimage