There are moments in Sinai where one feels as if the history of all the world can be read in its stones. The land here is a monument to the antiquity of life on Earth. All three of the West's great religious traditions--Judaism, Christianity, and Islam--know Sinai as a holy land, a vast expanse that traversed time and again by prophets, saints, pilgrims, and warriors. Sinai is most familiar to many as the "great and terrible wilderness" through which the Israelite' wandered for forty years.

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