What is the difference between Mount Horev and Mount Sinai?
Question: What is the difference between Mount Horev and Mount Sinai?
Answer: The use of the generic name Horeb (Deu 1:6) is to designate the mountain group in today’s Saudi Arabia (Gal 4:25) where Israel spent thirty years in the Arabian exile. It comes from the verb חָרַב charav, to parch (through drought), that is, (by analogy) to desolate.
While the specific name סִינַי Sinai is given to the particular mountain upon which the Torah of YHVH was given to the nation.
Very often, Mount Sinai is confused with the Sinai Peninsula in today’s Egypt where, it is incorrectly believed, Israel was in exile.
It is interesting to note that at the site of Mount Sinai in Saudi Arabia archeologists found rock carvings of the golden calf, menorah and sandals which carvings of sandals are Israel’s title deed to the Land, according to the Torah.
For more read the article “Where is the real Mount Sinai?“