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The Wilderness of Sin/Desert of Sin (Hebrew: מִדְבַּר סִין, Midbar Sin) is a geographic area mentioned by the Bible as lying between Elim and Mount Sinai[1][2]. Sin does not refer to sinfulness, but is an untranslated word which would translate as the moon; biblical scholars suspect that the name Sin here refers to the semitic moon-deity Sin[3][4][5], who was worshipped widely around the entire periphery of pre-Islamic Arabia, the Levant, and Mesopotamia. “Hebrew” redirects here. ... This Gutenberg Bible is displayed by the United States Library. ... Elim may refer to: Elim, Alaska Elim, Pennsylvania Elim, Western Cape, South Africa Elim Constituency, Namibia Elim (Drenthe), Drenthe, Netherlands Elim Pentecostal Church, in the United Kingdom Elim Fellowship, in the United States Elim (Bible), a biblical place Elim Garak, a character from Star Trek: Deep Space 9 Elim Aboriginal... Moses with the Ten Commandments by Rembrandt (1659) Biblical Mount Sinai refers to the place where, according to the Hebrew Bible (Exod. ... In the Levantine pantheon, the Elohim are the sons of El the ancient of days (olam) assembled on the divine holy place, Mount Zephon (Jebel Aqra). ... An 18th century drawing of Khoikhoi worshipping the moon In mythology, a lunar deity is a god or goddess associated with or symbolizing the moon: see moon (mythology). ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...

The location that the bible refers to is unknown, as its determination relies heavily on the location of Mount Sinai. The traditional identification of Mount Sinai as Jabal Musa, one of the peaks at the southern tip of the Sinai peninsula, would imply that the wilderness of Sin was probably the narrow plain of el-Markha, which stretches along the eastern shore of the Red Sea for several miles toward the promontory of Ras Mohammed; however most scholars have since rejected these traditional identifications. The more popular identification among modern scholars, of Sinai as al-Madhbah at Petra, would imply that the wilderness of Sin was roughly equatable with the central Arabah. View from the summit of Mount Sinai Sinai Peninsula, showing location of Jabal Musa Mount Sinai, also known as Gebel Musa or Jabal Musa by the Bedouins, is the name of a mountain in the Sinai Peninsula. ... Sinai Peninsula, Gulf of Suez (west), Gulf of Aqaba (east) from Space Shuttle STS-40 For other uses of the word Sinai, please see: Sinai (disambiguation). ... Location of the Red Sea The Red Sea is an inlet of the Indian Ocean between Africa and Asia. ... Ras Mohammed is a national park located at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Petra (from petra, rock in Greek; Arabic: البتراء, Al-Butrā) is an archaeological site in Jordan, lying in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern flank of Arabah (Wadi Araba), the large valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba. ... Cloudbreak over Wadi Araba, Jordan. ...

The wilderness of Sin is mentioned by the bible as being one of the places that the Israelites wandered during their Exodus; the similarly named wilderness of Zin is also mentioned by the bible as having been a location through which the Israelites travelled. The bible identifies Kadesh-Barnea as having been located within the wilderness of Zin[6], and most scholars, as well as traditional sources, consequently identify this wilderness as being part of the Arabah[7]; it is thus eminently possible that the wilderness of Sin and the wilderness of Zin are actually the same place. An Israelite is a member of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, descended from the twelve sons of the Biblical patriarch Jacob who was renamed Israel by God in the book of Genesis, 32:28 The Israelites were a group of Hebrews, as described in the Bible. ... The Exodus or Ytsiyat Mitsrayim (Hebrew: יציאת מצרים, Tiberian: , the going out of Egypt) refers to the Exodus of the Israelites out of Egypt. ... The Zin Desert or Zin Wilderness (Hebrew: מדבר צן, Midbar Tzin) is mentioned in the Torah as one of the places visited by the Israelites during the forty years they spent wandering in the wilderness. ... Kadesh (Hebrew: קָדֵשׁ), also known as Kadesh-Barnea (קָדֵשׁ בַּרְנֵעַ), was a place in the south of Ancient Israel. ...

The biblical narrative states that on reaching the wilderness of Sin, the Israelites began to raise objections over the lack of food, as they had already consumed all the corn they had brought with them from Egypt; the account neglects any mention of the livestock that elsewhere the Israelites are described as taking with them, or of the animal and dairy produce subsequently available, until many chapters later in the narrative. According to the account, Yahweh heard their murmurings, and so provided them with abundant manna and quail; according to biblical scholars there is nothing miraculous about this, as the manna was an ordinary natural product found in the region[8][9], and quail travel over the Sinai and Arabah in large flocks, just a few feet off the ground, and are easily caught[10]. For other uses, see Yahweh (disambiguation). ... Not to be confused with the rune Mannaz. ... Genera Coturnix Anurophasis Perdicula Ophrysia † See also Pheasant, Partridge, Grouse Quail is a collective name for several genera of mid-sized birds in the pheasant family Phasianidae, or in the family Odontophoridae. ...

Cultural references

  • The Doors used the image of the Wilderness of Sin in their song Break on Through.

This page is about the rock band. ...


  1. ^ Exodus 16:1
  2. ^ Numbers 33:11-12
  3. ^ Cheyne and Black, Encyclopedia Biblica
  4. ^ Jewish Encyclopedia
  5. ^ Peake's commentary on the Bible
  6. ^ Numbers 33:36
  7. ^ Cheyne and Black, Encyclopedia Biblica
  8. ^ Cheyne and Black, Encyclopedia Biblica
  9. ^ Peake's commentary on the Bible
  10. ^ Cheyne and Black, Encyclopedia Biblica

This entry incorporates text from the public domain Easton's Bible Dictionary, originally published in 1897. Eastons Bible Dictionary generally refers to the Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, by Matthew George Easton M.A., D.D. (1823-1894), published three years after Eastons death in 1897 by Thomas Nelson. ...

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Wilderness of Sin - Definition, explanation (222 words)
In the Bible the Wilderness of Sin is an area lying between Elim and Sinai.
Sin (mythology) was worshipped widely around the entire periphery of pre-Islamic Arabia, as well as in temples in places such as Teyhma, Saba, Hadrumaut, Oman, Dilmun, Magan, Meluhha and Ur.
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