Following three trips to Saudi Arabia researcher Ryan Mauro believes he has discovered the route which Moses took to free the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt. The Book of Exodus, along with Genesis, is one of the best known books of the Old Testament. The holy text describes how God through Moses took the people of Israel out of slavery in Egypt and led them across the Red Sea to freedom, towards the ‘promised land’.
Beginning in Exodus 5:1, God repeatedly sends Moses to Pharaoh to advise him, “Let my people go”.
According to the narrative Moses led the group to Mount Sinai, where he received the Ten Commandments from God, and ended up settling in what is now Israel.
Mr Mauro from the Doubting Thomas Research Foundation (DTRF) describes what he uncovered as “mind-blowing” and claims the real Mount of Sinai is located over a hundred miles eastwards across the Gulf of Aqaba, which separates the Sinai Peninsula from Saudi Arabia.
The location is thought to be where God parted the waters and led them across the Red sea.
He told the Daily Star Online: “What I found there was simply mind-blowing. I couldn’t believe that there was all this evidence for the Exodus and hardly anyone outside this region was aware of it.
“After three trips to Saudi Arabia, and I’m fully convinced that the Israelites went into the ancient land of Midian when they fled slavery in Egypt.
“It’s going to take some time to bring this alternative theory into mainstream historiography, but I believe that our work is going to seriously shift the landscape on this subject.
“I have to give a credit to the partners we’ve worked with on this project, though. This was hardly my effort alone, there have been several people along the way that have made this journey possible.
“We’re eternally grateful for their assistance.”
However despite this the mainstream scholarly consensus is that there is no archaeological evidence for the Exodus.
Meanwhile Mr Mauro has urged doubters “to keep an open mind about the subject”.
He said: “Perhaps these sceptics have doubted the historical account of the Exodus story because of a lack of evidence at the traditional site at St. Catherine’s, but what we have found appears to fit the ancient accounts.”
He added: “The accounts of the Exodus are no different, and now we have real, physical evidence that these events took place.”