Just south of Aqaba and northwest of Tabuk sits Mt. Loz (Arabic for Almond), one of the highest mountains in the surrounding area, its peak stretching to 2,580 meters above sea level. Surrounded by the grounds of a nature reserve, the mountain is most famous as an alternate location for Mt. Sinai.

While most biblical archeologists and historians prefer the more traditional site of Mt. Sinai in today’s Sinai Peninsula, a small contingent have maintained that Moses’s legendary meeting with God took place atop the Hejaz region’s Mt. Loz. Among other factors, the mountain’s blackened top and a rock split neatly down the center contribute to these theories; proponents explain that the dark-colored peak could have been darkened by fire from heaven and that the rock could be the one split by Moses to bring forth water for his followers. This theory assumes that the crossing of the Red Sea took place at the Gulf of Aqaba rather than the Gulf of Suez.

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