Saturday, January 6, 2007
The Burning Bush
The picture I posted for Wordless Wednesday this week is a picture of “the” burning bush. Yes, the one in the Bible mentioned in Exodus 3:2. It is located on the grounds of St. Catherine Monastery that you see in the picture with this post.
The bush seen in the image is a rare species of rose called Rubus Sanctus and scientists explain that is very long-lived and very rare in the area of Mt. Sinai.
Of course the bush is not in its original location. In the tenth century the bush was moved so a chapel could be built over its roots. Every attempt to transplant the roots has failed.
When Islam invaded this region Mohammad, the founder of Islam, guaranteed the safety of the Monastery by written decree. The Monastery holds the document along with other relics for safe-keeping.
Many tourist visit St. Catherine Monastery every year and gaze at Moses Burning Bush.