Moses’ Altar & Twelve Pillars

Moses’ Altar & Twelve Pillars: Well preserved structures here include a double walled corral built to handle large animals, uncut stone formations, and marble pillars with foundation stones.  “And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD, and rose up early in the morning, and built an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes”. Ex 24: 4

The first time we were allowed inside the fence that surrounds Jebel Maqla, we were astounded to see the remnants of white marble pillars and foundation stones scattered amid very large uncut stone structures. The huge double walled semi-v-shaped construction is surprisingly similar to the cattle chutes used even now to work such large animals. These chutes lead to several other very precisely constructed formations also of uncut stone. One of them surrounds what has been excavated and analyzed to have multiple layers of ash. Quite conspicuous to find here, particularly knowing that Moses not only sacrificed cattle and oxen at the base of Mt. Sinai, but also set up pillars to represent the 12 tribes of Israel.

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