Tuesday, January 08, 2008

What Really Happened on Mt. Sinai?

There are some facts about Moses’ time on Mt. Sinai that you may not be aware of. See if you don’t agree after taking the Ten Commandments Quiz. Hint: there may be more than one “right” answer!

1. How many times did Moses climb Mr. Sinai?
2. Did Moses climb the mountain alone? If not, what was the total number of people that climbed with him?
3. How long was his longest stay on the mountain? Did he do it more than once?
4. Where was Moses when God uttered the Ten Commandments? Is there more than one version?
5. How many commandments did God give to Moses on Mt. Sinai?
6. Where was Joshua when Moses received the original tablets of stone?
7. What happened to the Golden Calf when Moses returned?
8. Did God punish Aaron for his role in the Golden Calf debacle?
9. Who first informed Moses that there was a Calf party going on?
10. How was Israel punished for their worship of the Golden Calf?
11. Did Moses ever get a good look at God? If he did, did anyone else?
12. Was there a banquet on Mr. Sinai? If there was, who attended?
13. How many times did Moses persuade God to change his mind?
14. In what capacity did angels assist Israel during and after this time period?
15. When Moses was not on Mt. Sinai, where did he go to speak to God? Who sometimes accompanied him there?
16. What’s wrong with the usual depiction of the Ten Commandments Moses carried down from Mr. Sinai?

Answers to these and other astounding facts can be found in Exodus 19:24;24:1,9,10, Exodus 20, Exodus 24, Exodus 34, Deuteronomy 4, Deuteronomy 5, and Acts 7.

NOTE: Cartoon modified from Rubes Bible Cartoons by Leigh Rubin


  1. I remain a bit baffled by the fact that the Bible appears to indicate that Moses endured 40 days without food or water before coming down and confronting the Israelites over the golden calf and then immediately afterward embarking on another 40 day without food or water treck back up the mountain.

  2. No one either took the quiz or tried for the cash. I thought what happened on and around that mountain wasn't very interesting. Andy

  3. I meant to make a sarcastic comment, and I might well have made a freudian slip. I meant to say, "I guess what happened on and around that mountain wasn't very interesting." Andy

  4. Andy, it might be because you forgot to add a "0" to the right of the "5."