Ethics: Moses and Mount Sinai Essay

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Red Sea
So God led the people around [by] way of the desert [to] the Red Sea, and the children of Israel were armed when they went up out of Egypt. (Exodus 13:18)
And you raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and split it, and the children of Israel shall come in the midst of the sea on dry land. (Exodus 14:16)
And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord led the sea with the strong east wind all night, and He made the sea into dry land and the waters split. (Exodus 14:21)
The Red Sea today is found lying between Africa and Asia, and has very important religious significance. It was in this body of water which God miraculously defeated Pharaoh and saved his followers and freed his people from slavery. In this passage, Moses splits the Red Sea which allows for the escape of the Israelites from the Egyptians.

And Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, [to the] top of the summit facing Jericho. And the Lord showed him all the Land: The Gilead until Dan, and all [the land of] Naftali, and the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah, until the western sea, and the south, and the plain, the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, until Zoar.
And the Lord said to him, "This is the Land I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, 'I will give it to your offspring.' I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there."
(Deuteronomy 34:1-4)
Today, Jericho is a city located in the West Bank. In the Torah, the city of Jericho is referred to as the “City of Palm Trees”. There is evidence of settlement in Jericho all the way back to 10000 BC, giving it the name of one of the oldest cities on earth. Excavations in Jericho have proved that many of the events told in the Torah happened in reality, such as evidence of toppled walls. Jericho is a religious city which has withstood countless invasions and is most known as the place where Joshua was victorious in battle.

Be'er Sheva, Israel
And Abimelech said to Abraham, "What are these seven ewe lambs, which you have placed by themselves?"
And he said, "For these seven ewe lambs you shall take from my hand, in order that it be to me for a witness that I dug this well."
Therefore, he named that place Beer sheba, for there they both swore.
And they formed a covenant in Beer-sheba,
And he planted an eishel in Beer-Sheba, and he called there in the name of the Lord, the God of the world.
(Genesis 21:29-33)
Today it’s a strategic territory, here are some examples. Beersheba grew in importance in the 19th century, when the Ottoman Turks built a regional police station there. The Battle of Beersheba was part of a wider British offensive in World War I aimed at breaking the Turkish defensive line from Gaza to Beersheba. In 1947, Bir Seb'a , as it was known, was envisioned as part of the Arab state in the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine. Following the declaration of Israel's independence, the Egyptian army amassed its forces in Beersheba as a strategic and logistical base. In the Battle of Beersheba waged in October 1948, it was conquered by the Israel Defense Forces.

Mount Sinai
And the Lord said to Moses, "Go to the people and prepare them today and tomorrow, and they shall wash their garments.
And they shall be prepared for the third day, for on the third day, the Lord will descend before the eyes of all the people upon Mount Sinai.
And you shall set boundaries for the people around, saying, Beware of ascending the mountain or touching its edge; whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death.'
No hand shall touch it, for he shall…