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Mount Sinai. For many, it is the most sacred place on Earth—the site where God descended to give Moses the Ten Commandments. Yet for centuries, mankind has not known its exact location. In this heart-pounding true story, award-winning journalist and bestselling author Howard 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 policemen 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 from Egypt, the two men set out to find the true site of Mount Sinai—with only the Old Testament as a guide.
Eminent biblical scholars at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania have argued that Mount Sinai is not in the Sinai Peninsula at all, but rather in northwestern Saudi Arabia. However, they were never allowed into the kingdom to prove their argument. When Cornuke and Williams are also denied entry, they daringly sneak into Saudi Arabia. And what they discover at the mountain known as Jabal al Lawz will astonish the world—and inspire readers to rethink the role of the Bible in history. They find the remains of the stone altar at which the Golden Calf was worshiped, the twelve 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 two stone tablets. They also explain, in a fascinating account, the truth about the parting of the Red Sea waters. And not the least of their discoveries is the fact that one of the most sacred spots on earth is now a top secret Saudi military base. As these two adventurers follow in Moses' footsteps, they become pawns in a dangerous game of international power politics and intrigue, 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.

About The Author

Howard Blum is an author and journalist. Formerly a reporter for The Village Voice and The New York Times, Blum is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the author of several non-fiction books

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (July 15, 1999)
  • Length: 368 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780684867687

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Clive Cussler An intriguing thriller and adventure that has everything -- and best of all, it is a true tale. You can't help but be swept up by it.

Houston Chronicle A real-life thriller....Entertaining and suspenseful.

New York Times Book Review Blum...keeps the story moving briskly, jumping between Saudi Arabia, Montana, London, and C.I.A. headquarters.

Kirkus Reviews Tom Clancy meets Indiana Jones....A gripping account of archaeology, biblical treasure, and international espionage....A spine-tingling yarn, full of intrigue and adventure.

Dr. Roy Knuteson former professor of Biblical Archaeology and New Testament Greek, Northwestern College, Minneapolis The visible evidence found in Howard Blum's The Gold of Exodus is remarkable and quite overwhelming. It appears that the location of the true Mount Sinai has at last been discovered.

Joseph Telushkin author of Biblical Literacy The Gold of Exodus is compusively readable -- and more. The fact that several prominent biblical scholars support the book's assertion that the true Mount Sinai is in Sadi Arabia transforms this into the ultimate and perfect adventure story.

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