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- Where is Mount Sinai, arguably the holiest spot on earth?
- Did the Exodus as described in the Bible ever take place?
- Is the Bible a work of history or simply literature?
The startling answers to these questions are revealed in The Gold of Exodus: The Discovery of the True Mount Sinai, a new book by award-winning former New York Times journalist Howard Blum. In this heart-pounding true story, Blum tells the enthralling account of two modern-day adventurers: Larry Williams, a two-time Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from Montana and a self-made millionaire, and his friend Bob Cornuke, a retired policeman and former SWAT team member. Lured by the prospect of finding the fabled fortune in gold that the ancient Hebrews took with them when they fled Egypt, Williams and Cornuke set out to find the true site of Mount Sinai — with only the Old Testament as a guide.
For years, eminent Bible scholars at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania have argued that Mount Sinai is not on the Sinai peninsula at all, but rather in northwestern Saudi Arabia. However, the Saudis have refused to let foreigners into their kingdom. Williams and Cornuke managed to sneak in on forged visas. And what they discovered at the mountain known as Jabal al-Lawz will astonish the world — and inspire readers to rethink the role of the Bible in history.
Williams and Cornuke's amazing discoveries are all documented, complete with fascinating details and photographs, in The Gold of Exodus. Their findings include, they claim, the remains ofthestone altar at which the Golden Calf was worshiped, the 12 pillars that Moses ordered to be erected, the cave where Moses slept, and most sensationally, the unnaturally scorched spot on the mountaintop where God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. Based on their findings, Williams and Cornuke also explain, in a fascinating account, the truth about the parting of the Red Sea waters. And not the least of their discoveries is that one of the most sacred spots on earth is now a top-secret Saudi military base.
Written by a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist, The Gold of Exodus was meticulously researched, and the detailed findings are supported by interviews with top Bible scholars. This action-packed tale — part high-tech treasure hunt, part modern-day spy thriller, and part biblical detective story — is riveting. And it is all true.