Saturday, May 10, 2008


16 And it came to pass on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of a trumpet exceeding loud; and all the people that were in the camp trembled.
17 And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount.
18 And mount Sinai, the whole of it, smoked, because Jehovah descended upon it in fire; and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.
19 And when the voice of the trumpet waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice.
20 And Jehovah came down upon mount Sinai, to the top of the mount: and Jehovah called Moses to the top of the mount; and Moses went up.

Holy Moses, look at this. (click to enlarge)
This is a photograph of the recent eruption of ash from the Chilean volcano
Mt. Llaima.
So you are out in the desert and some guy leads you to this and then disapears and the comes back and tells you he's been talking to God. OK, I'm in. Right on Moses, what ever you say.


drlobojo said...

Some modern comentators have identified the Biblical Mt. Sinai as a volcano, others have said that it couldn't have been becaused ash was not mentioned. Well, if you approached the volcano from the windward side, the ash wouldn't have been a concern and would have looked like smoke anyway.

Kirsten said...

Wow. That's just.... Wow.

Great photograph, certainly, but yeah, I would've believed anything the guy said in those circumstances, too.

Erudite Redneck said...

Cecil B. DeMille have a small imagination, or was it limited technology?

drlobojo said...

I think in this instance reality exceeds the ability to imagine it.
Even Hollywood couldn't grasp this one.
Remembering also that most if not all of the Israelites would have never heard of a volcano must less have seen one. Now that would have been a mindbender.