Bible scholars have claimed to have found ancient Hebrew inscriptions at a site where it is claimed God met Moses.
The Doubting Thomas Research Foundation (DTRF) – who last year produced viral film Finding The Mountain of Moses – have revealed pictures of what it claims is “proto” Hebrew found at the site of Jabal al-Lawz.
The site is an 8,460-foot peak known as the “mountain of almonds”, located in northeast Saudi Arabia near the border with Jordan.
Moses leads the Israelites to Mount Sinai which is enveloped by fire, smoke and thunder, according to the Book of Exodus in the Bible.
The prophet then ascends the mountain where he convenes with God to receive the Ten Commandments.
DTRF experts have claimed Jabal al-Lawz is the Biblical mountain’s real-life counterpart — laid out in their 25-minute film on YouTube, which has been viewed 2.2million times.
And on their website, they have released a series of pictures which it claims is ancient Hebrew found at the site — including what they suggested could be the oldest inscription of a Menorah.
Pictures appear to show a great number of inscriptions on rocks around the possible site of Mount Sinai.
It is claimed the presence of these inscriptions, prove there were speakers of early Hebrew in the area the time.
DTRF researchers said Dr Miles Jones, a historical linguist, examined the photographs and said they are believed to be “proto-Hebrew”.
And the researchers claim they also can be dated back to around the time the Exodus is said to have occurred.
It is then claimed that the inscriptions appear to refer to “Yahweh” — the Hebrew name for God.
Along with the Hebrew inscriptions, there also appears to be murals of footprints inscribed on some of the rocks.
It is said God told the Israelites: “Every place you set your foot will be yours.”
DTRF experts speculate that these footprint inscriptions could be a marking of their territory as they travelled amid the Exodus.
And the organisation also cites Dr Sung Hak Kim who claims to have found the earliest known inscription of a Menorah.
It claimed that God revealed the design of the Menorah to Moses and the seven stemmed candle was developed during the Exodus.
Dr Sung showed the inscription which appears to show lamp carved onto a large rock.
It has been a symbol of Judaism since ancient times, and the DFTR argue this may be the oldest ever depiction of one.
Additional inscriptions around the are they suggest also refer to the Amalekites, with whom the Israelites did battle.
All of these inscriptions appear to suggest to the DFTR that there assessment of the site in Saudi Arabia as being Mount Sinai is accurate.
Doubting Thomas Research Foundation experts also claim evidence around Jabal al-Lawz includes cave paintings of calves – matching up the with the Bible story of the golden idol.
It is also claimed there is a “massive ancient graveyard” near the mountain, where the calf worshippers would have been buried after they were executed in the Bible.
Ruined ancient structures on the site have also been claimed to be evidence of the Israelites time at the foot of Sinai, including what may have been the “12 pillars” described in the Bible.
Fences have been set up around the mountain by the Saudi authorities marking it as an archaeological site, but their own experts dismissed claims Jabal al-Lawz is Mount Sinai.
DTRF experts set up The Sinai In Arabia project to rally the Saudi authorities to preserve the sites for further investigation.
Historians, archaeologists and Egyptologists have the consensus that the Exodus event did not happen as described in the Bible.
There has never been any proof that the Israelites were enslaved in Ancient Egypt — and it is questioned if the figure of Moses ever existed.
Jabal al Lawz has previously been suggested as a candidate for the original Mount Sinai, and this claim been criticised by other historians.
Professor James Karl Hoffmeier described “monumental blunders” as leading to the conclusion of the mountain being the one mentioned in the Bible.
Creationist researcher Gordon Franz also dismissed the claim that Mount Sinai is in Saudi Arabia.
He said: ”There is no credible historical, geographical, archaeological or Biblical evidence for the thesis that Mt. Sinai is at Jebel al-Lawz in Saudi Arabia.”