Moses' 10 Commandments
Trip Start Jul 16, 1975
16Trip End Jul 15, 1976
Bedouins are nomadic Arabs that live in the desert. Our tour ran across several, some herding sheep. One thing impressed me. It's customary for them to wrap up their unneeded belongings in a tent and toss them into a tree. When they return to that area, they simply retrieve it. The idea of raiding someone else's tree just doesn't appeal to them.
One morning, the tour got up at 4AM to climb "Jebu Musa" - Mt Moses in Arabic
Jebu Musa is the traditional spot of Moses' receiving the 10 Commandments. At the base of Mt Sinai is St Katherine's Monastery. It's a 6th century Greek orthodox monastery built on the traditional site of the burning bush. The skeletons of all monks are ceremoniously stored on site.
Speaking of skeletons, one of my classmates swore he saw an army boot with an ankle inside when he toured Sinai. It was closer to the Suez Canal, where Israel and Egypt had battled recently. I looked and looked...but no such luck. What I did see were "Nawamis." They're mysterious, stone structures found throughout the desert that date BC. One theory is that they were used for homes, though nobody knows for sure.