Burning Bush – Bush of God at St. Catherine’s Monastery, Sinai Egypt

Environment and Society

By Liliana Usvat

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The burning bush is an object described by the Book of Exodus as being located on Mount Horeb; according to the narrative, the bush was on fire, but was not consumed by the flames, hence the name. In the narrative, the burning bush is the location at which Moses was appointed by Yahweh (God) to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and into Canaan.

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The bush is considered to be situated at St. Catherine’s Monastery, Sinai, which monastic tradition identifies as being the burning bush.

Christian hermits originally gathered at Mount Serbal, believing it to be the biblical Mount Sinai.

However, in the 4th century, under the Byzantine Empire, the monastery built there was abandoned in favour of the newer belief that Mount Saint Catherine was the Biblical Mount Sinai; a new monastery – St. Catherine’s Monastery was built at its foot, and the alleged site of…

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