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Sinai
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The desert region in the vicinity of Mount Sinai (Exod 19:1–2). During the time Israel spent in the region of Mount Sinai, the area where they were camped is referred to as the “wilderness” (or “desert”) of Sinai (Num 1:1; 10:12). This region is the setting for the biblical account from Exod 19:1 to Num 10:12. Israel is camped here when the tabernacle is constructed and when Aaron and his sons are consecrated as priests (Exod 25–40). The ritual and sacrificial laws of Leviticus related to the priests and the tabernacle are also set here (Lev 7:38). After approximately a year, the Israelites break camp at Sinai and journey to the wilderness of Paran (Num 10:12). For more information on Israel in the wilderness, see this article: Wilderness Wanderings.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Sinai, Wilderness of
Sinai, Wilderness of (מִדְבַּ֥ר סִינָֽי‎, midbar sinay). The desert region in the vicinity of Mount Sinai (Exod 19:1–2). During the time Israel spent in the region of Mount Sinai, the area where they were camped is referred to as the “wilderness” (or “desert”) of Sinai (Num 1:1; 10:12). This region is
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Sinai
Sinai (si´ni; derivation uncertain, perhaps related to the Mesopotamian moon god Sin).1 The Sinai Peninsula, a large, wedge-shaped block of territory that forms a land bridge between Africa and Asia. Sinai is bounded on the west by the Suez Canal and Gulf of Suez, while the Negev and Gulf of Aqabah
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Sinai
SINAI The place where Israel entered into a covenant with God after leaving Egypt and where Moses received the Law from God (Exod 19:1–Num 10:11). Sinai is also called the “mountain of God” (Exod 3:1), the “mount of the Lord” (Num 10:33), and “Horeb” (Exod 33:6; Deut 1:6, 5:2; 1 Kgs 8:9; etc.). Upon
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Sinai
Sinai. The mountain in the desert between Egypt and Palestine where the Law was given by *Moses (Ex. 19:1 ff.). From very ancient times it was regarded as the sacred mountain of *Yahweh (Deut. 33:2, Jgs. 5:5). The region of the traditional Sinai (now Jebel Musa) became an early centre of Christian *monasticism,
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Sina-i
Si´na-i, or Sin´a-i (thorny). Nearly in the centre of the peninsula which stretches between the horns of the Red Sea lies a wedge of granite, grünstein, and porphyry rocks rising to between 8000 and 9000 feet above the sea. Its shape resembles a scalene triangle. These mountains may be divided into two
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Sinai
SINAI [SIGH nih eye] — the name of a peninsula, a wilderness, and a mountain in the Bible (see Map 9, B–5). All three of these played a prominent role in the life of God’s Covenant People as they searched for the Land of Promise following their miraculous deliverance from enslavement in Egypt.
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Sinai
SinaiMount Sinai, also called Horeb (Ex 17:6; 33:6), is where the law is given to Israel through Moses. It is known as “the mountain of God” in Exodus (Ex 3:1 NIV) and once in Numbers is called “the mountain of Yahweh” (Num 10:33). Its height and physical appearance are unimportant and so not given
Compton’s Encyclopedia
Sinai Peninsula
Sinai PeninsulaA triangular landform linking Africa and Asia, Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula has an area of about 23,440 square miles (60,710 square kilometers). It lies between the Gulf of Suez and the Suez Canal on the west, the Gulf of Aqaba and the Negev desert on the east, the Mediterranean Sea on the
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Sinai
Sinai (to-day Djebel-Tor and Djebel-Mousa).—Mountain northwest of Arabia, northeast of Mount Horeb and between the gulfs of Suez and Akabah. Here God dictated to Moses the tables of the law. Upon one of its two summits, the Emperor Justinian built a convent (height 5,400 feet), which still exists. It
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Sinai
Siʹnai, the mountain-summit in the centre of the peninsula which stretches between the horns of the Red Sea whence Jehovah published his law to the Israelites. The relation between Sinai and Horeb in the usage of the sacred writers is an important one to note. In the book of Deuteronomy the place where
The Eerdmans Encyclopedia of Early Christian Art and Archaeology, Volumes 1–3
Sinai
SinaiPeninsula between Egypt and Palestine. The classical geographers counted the peninsula as Arabian territory. With Trajan’s annexation of the Nabataean kingdom in a.d. 106, S. became a part of the Provincia Palaestina, with its capital at → Bosra. Diocletian divided this province into three parts;
Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity
Sinai
SINAI. The term Sinai today refers to the entire peninsula between the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba; during antiquity, however, it only referred to the mountainous range in the S part. The peninsula was part of the Roman province of *Arabia established by the emperor *Trajan in 106. It was populated
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