Gnuse and Hoffmeier-the mystery mountain


Both Robert Karl Gnuse and James Hoffmeier deal with the question of the location of Sinai/Horeb.  Gnuse, in The Elohist,  says that in E the operative phrase is the “mountain of God.”  Horeb, he thinks, has become attached to this concept.  But the mountain of God is not a particular geographical location.  It is whichever mountain God may use for self-disclosure.

Hoffmeier, in Ancient Israel in Sinai, takes the location of the mountain as a particular place much more seriously.  He rejects the documentary hypothesis.  He says that Horeb is a desert.  In fact, the word means desert.  The term “mount Horeb” is only used once (Exodus 33:6).  It is not the name of a mountain but means the mountain that is in the Horeb wilderness.  Sinai is the name both of a mountain and of a wilderness.  The Bible definitely uses it sometimes as the name of…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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