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The Gold of Exodus Hardcover – February 9, 1998

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When a millionaire adventurer goes in search of the true Mount Sinai, he gets more than he bargained for. Spies, missiles, and secret military installations are just some of the obstacles that Larry Williams and his sidekick Bob Cornuke must confront in their unprecedented journey to find the lost treasures of Moses. In The Gold of Exodus, award-winning journalist Howard Blum records a page-turning story of an adventure that makes history. While risking their necks by sneaking into the xenophobic Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, amateur archaeologists Williams and Cornuke become pawns in a game of international espionage that eventually leads them to the top of the most sacred mountain in the world, and into the hands of shotgun-wielding Bedouins. The Gold of Exodus is a true story that is too unbelievable to be fiction, too suspenseful to be put down, and too significant to soon be forgotten.

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As recounted by best-selling journalist Blum, two men using the Old Testament as a guide set out to find the spot where God supposedy talked to Moses?and the gold the Hebrews brought with them from Egypt.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (February 9, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684809184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684809182
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I bought the book right after it was published. I couldn't put the book down....I read it all in just a few readings. I then recommended the book to others who were also fascinated after reading it It convinced me and others that the true Mt. Sinai is in Saudi Arabia.
Others who are giving it low ratings are probably looking for data to disprove the Bible. Now we have further archeological evidence supporting the reality of the Bible, the Exodus, the plagues of Egypt, etc., and of course the Ten Commandments and the supernatural parting of the Red Sea. Charleton Heston acted as Moses in the well known 10 Commandments movie based heavily on a historically true account, with help from this book.
I recently saw two documentary movies: One related to this book with videos and photos and interviews adding more evidence supporting the reality of both books, The Gold of Exodus and the Bible. The second was about the discovery of the likely location for the Ark of the Covenant which contains the 10 Commandments. Bob Cornuke, who was one of the treasure seekers in Gold of Exodus, traveled to Ethiopia to find its location, as well as author Graham Hancock, writer of the Sign & the Seal: The Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant. What exciting times. Noah's ark next?
I recommend reading the Gold of Exodus and the Sign and the Seal for awesome and true archeological adventure stories.
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This is a very interesting "true to life" adventure of two would be explorers/adventurers that stumble into one mishap after another. The pace is lively and exciting and this true account is put together very well. Everyone should enjoy this book.
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Very exciting story with some great things to think about it. I read it for research for a project I'm working on. Gives a solid understanding of how difficult it is to get into Saudi Arabia and presents credible evidence on where the true Mt. Sinai is located.
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An exciting mission of two men trying to find the real Mount Sinai. The book of Exodus from the Bible is their guide. I found the story to be compelling, easy to read and it kept me in suspense right to be end. I would recommend this book to everyone who enjoys an adventure.
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This was the second book I read about the adventures of Bob Cornuke. He and his friend Larry Williams wrote a short book, "The Mountain of God," which was interesting but this book was more colorful. Since it is written by a professional writer that is easily explained.
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Book was chosen for book club and I was very skeptical until my wife commented that it was a true story. From that point on I could not put it down
For believers and nonbelievers this is a great book. Recommended highly

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Format: Hardcover
The story this book tells is incredible. What if they have really found the true Mt. Sinai? This is almost too incredible to believe. The text does dwell on a few conspiratorial theories that the Israelis and Arabic secret service is out to get the heroes of the book though. This detracts from the story of discovering the true mountain of God. Also the pictures in the book are interesting but it appears if they were taken at noon day. The ascent and following descent of the mountain took place during the night and early dawn. Maybe it gets light really quick in Saudi Arabia. Overall the book was easy to read and enjoyable and would recommend it to others. I just wish the author had documented the sources he used to a greater extent.
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History is at our feet but buried by the sands of time. In his book ‘The Gold of Exodus’, Howard Blum takes us on a journey to rediscover some of this history and uncover the buried treasures of Exodus—the gold of Egypt. The road map his characters follow is the biblical account of the Jews leaving Egypt for the Promised Land. Based on this account, Exodus 3 (in the Bible) places Mount Sinai (where the gold is buried) as being either in Midian or very close to it, as Moses was tending to his father-in-law’s flock near God’s Mountain’ and his father-in-law was a Midianite. This means then that the true Mount Sinai lies in Saudi Arabia as this includes the ancient area of Midian. It is likely then that the mountain called Jabal al Lawz, is as claimed Mount Sinai. Up to this point the story appears to be a plausible account, but to me this is shattered when spies, nuclear weapons and political agendas are embroiled into the plot.

While the authenticity of the bible continues to be vindicated as archaeology discoveries are made, this account of finding the gold and the adventure as described lacks credibility. The book is worth reading though is not easy to follow and I ended up reading it twice— something I would not normally do.

Brian Wilson NZ
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