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The Gold of Exodus: The Discovery of the True Mt. Sinai
Howard Blum, Lynn Nesbit, Fred Hills
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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 prospectof 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 not 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.
"This is an intriguing thriller and adventure that has everything and best of all, it is a true tale. Blum knows how to make the action flow. You can't help but be swept up by it."
Clive Cussler Author of Flood Tide and The Sea Hunter
"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."
Dr. Roy Knuteson, former Professor of Biblical Archaeology
"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 Saudi Arabia transforms this into the ultimate and perfect adventure story."
Joseph Telushkin Author of Biblical Literacy
From Kirkus Reviews, 12/01/97: "Tom Clancy meets Indiana Jones in this far-fetched but gripping account of archaeology, biblical treasure, and international espionage. Former New York Times journalist Blum (Gangland, 1993; Out There, 1990) has crafted a rousing narrative from the recollections of two American thrill seekers. The pair became convinced in the 1980s that the real Mt. Sinai was not in fact the tourist trap of that name on the Sinai peninsula, but an obscure peak in the Saudi Arabian desert. But their quest to find this mountain, Jabal al Lawz, was thwarted at nearly every turn, first by the difficulty of getting visas, then by ever-present spies, and finally by a frightening discovery: The entire mountain is now the site of a top-secret Saudi military operation. Called Project Falcon, the plan ensures that the Saudi Air Force can deal effectively with an air strike or even mount a missile offensive. Blum muses on the irony that the modern state of Israel could be annihilated from the holy site where God once descended to give the law to Moses. But questions remain about whether Jabal al Lawz is, in fact, the real Sinai. The circumstantial evidence is impressive, including the fact that the site is the correct distance from various landmarks given in the Bible. The Americans report that the top of the mountain is scorched black, as though by fire. But there is no corroboration for these claims, and given Blum's grand assertions that the Saudi military has overrun the area and laid exclusive claim to the "gold of exodus'' buried there, it is unlikely that future confirmation will be possible. Still, this is a spine-tingling yarn, full of intrigue and adventure. It should translate well to the screen; film rights have already been sold to Castle Rock Entertainment. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (First printing of 100,000; first serial to Vanity Fair) Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Table of Contents
Prologue: The Descent
Part One: PROJECT FALCON
Part Two: THE CALL
Part Three: INTO THE MIDST OF THE SEA
Part Four: INTO THE WILDERNESS
Part Five: THE PROMISED LAND
Notes on Sources
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