HOW ACCURATE ARE BOB CORNUKE?S CLAIMS?
Gor­don Franz
How Accu­rate and Reli­able are Robert Cornuke?s Claims?
Bob Cor­nuke has writ­ten sev­en books and pro­duced sev­er­al videos about his claims to have found the real Mount Sinai in Sau­di Ara­bia, the real moun­tains of Ararat in Iran and what he think might be the remains of Noah?s Ark, the Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia, the anchor stocks from Paul?s ship­wreck on Mal­ta, and pro­motes an inscrip­tion­al object that he claims has the name of the Lord, ?Yah­weh,? on it from Jebel al-Lawz where he locates Mount Sinai.
When the respect­ed evan­gel­i­cal Egyp­tol­o­gist Pro­fes­sor James Hoffmeier cri­tiqued Cornuke?s ?Mount Sinai in Sau­di Ara­bia? the­o­ry, he wrote in his Ancient Israel in Sinai (Oxford 2005:132 – 136) that Cor­nuke was an ?ama­teur? and ?dilet­tante? whose work ?lacks aca­d­e­m­ic cred­i­bil­i­ty.? Hoffmeier then item­izes the ?mon­u­men­tal blun­ders? that Cor­nuke and his col­leagues have made that ?trained archae­ol­o­gists and bib­li­cal schol­ars would not make.? Hoffmeier ulti­mate­ly con­cludes:
?I con­cur with Gor­don Franz?s dev­as­tat­ing cri­tique of Cornuke?s the­o­ry and his con­clu­sions that ?Mt. Sinai should be locat­ed in the Sinai Penin­su­la right where the Bible places it, not in Sau­di Ara­bia.? ?
I have fol­lowed the work and claims of Robert Cor­nuke and have exam­ined them in detail and have come to the same con­clu­sion with each ?dis­cov­ery.? He has pro­duced no cred­i­ble, his­tor­i­cal, geo­graph­i­cal, geo­log­i­cal, archae­o­log­i­cal, or Bib­li­cal evi­dence for any of his claims. What he presents as evi­dence has been mis­un­der­stood, mis­in­ter­pret­ed, and in some cas­es manip­u­lat­ed by Cor­nuke and his asso­ciates.
His books and videos are in the pub­lic domain. Ideas pre­sent­ed to the pub­lic invite pub­lic review, com­ment, and cri­tique. I have reviewed his books and videos and cri­tiqued his ideas. I have not per­son­al­ly attacked Bob Cor­nuke, although I have pro­duced some reviews that point out what I think are fac­tu­al­ly incor­rect data and con­clu­sions that I believe are also incor­rect. This type of dis­course is the nature of schol­ar­ship, but they are not per­son­al attacks.
I have writ­ten cri­tiques of the ideas expressed in Mr. Cornuke?s books and videos, and one cri­tique I col­lab­o­rat­ed with the two lead­ing experts on the search for Noah?s Ark. I would invite any inter­est­ed read­ers to explore these cri­tiques for them­selves. The read­ers will find that the arti­cles have been care­ful­ly researched, rea­soned, and ful­ly doc­u­ment­ed, and will also find Cornuke?s research and con­clu­sions are lack­ing in schol­ar­ly cor­rob­o­ra­tion.
Mount Sinai is NOT at Jebel al-Lawz in Sau­di Ara­bia
Part 1
http://www.lifeandland.org/2009/04/mt-sinai-is-not-at-jebel-el-lawz-in-saudi-arabia/
Part 2
http://www.lifeandland.org/2009/04/mt-sinai-is-not-at-jebel-el-lawz-in-saudi-arabia-part-2/
Part 3
http://www.lifeandland.org/2009/04/mt-sinai-is-not-at-jebel-el-lawz-in-saudi-arabia-part-3/
Yah­weh Inscrip­tion Dis­cov­ered at Mount Sinai!
http://www.lifeandland.org/2009/10/yahweh-inscription-discovered-at-mount-sinai/
Did the BASE Insti­tute Dis­cov­er Noah?s Ark in Iran?
http://www.lifeandland.org/2009/04/did-the-base-institute-discover-noah%e2%80%99s-ark-in-iran/
Cri­tique of the video ?A Search for Noah?s Ark?
http://www.rapidresponsereport.com/reviews/Cornuke_The_Search_For_Noah’s_Ark_DVD_Review.pdf
Does ?The Lost Ship­wreck of Paul? Hold Water?
http://www.lifeandland.org/2009/04/does-the-%e2%80%9cthe-lost-shipwreck-of-paul%e2%80%9d-hold-water-or-have-the-anchors-from-the-apostle-paul%e2%80%99s-shipwreck-been-discovered-on-malta/
Search­ing for Paul?s Ship­wreck on Mal­ta?: A Cri­tique of the 700 Club?s Feb­ru­ary 26, 2010 Pro­gram
http://www.lifeandland.org/2010/03/%e2%80%9csearching-for-paul%e2%80%99s-shipwreck-on-malta%e2%80%9d-a-critique-of-the-700-club%e2%80%99s-february-26 – 2010-pro­gram/
?The Lost Ship­wreck of Paul?: A Cri­tique of the Video
http://www.lifeandland.org/2011/09/1008/
About the author
Gor­don Franz is a Bible teacher who holds an MA in Bib­li­cal Stud­ies from Colum­bia Bib­li­cal Sem­i­nary, SC. ?Since 1978, he has engaged in exten­sive research in archae­ol­o­gy and has par­tic­i­pat­ed in a num­ber of exca­va­tions in and around Jerusalem, includ­ing Ketef Hin­nom and Ramat Rachel; as well as the exca­va­tions at Lachish, Jezreel, Hazor, and Tel Zay­it. ?He has taught the geog­ra­phy of the Bible and led field trips in Israel for the Jerusalem Cen­ter for Bib­li­cal Stud­ies, the Insti­tute of Holy Land Stud­ies, and the IBEX pro­gram of Master?s Col­lege. ?He also co-teach­es the Tal­bot School of Theology?s Bible Lands Pro­gram. ?Gor­don is on the staff of the Asso­ciates for Bib­li­cal Research.

by?Gordon Franz

How Accu­rate and Reli­able are Robert Cornuke?s Claims?

Bob Cor­nuke has writ­ten sev­en books and pro­duced sev­er­al videos about his claims to have found the real Mount Sinai in Sau­di Ara­bia, the real moun­tains of Ararat in Iran and what he think might be the remains of Noah?s Ark, the Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia, the anchor stocks from Paul?s ship­wreck on Mal­ta, and pro­motes an inscrip­tion­al object that he claims has the name of the Lord, ?Yah­weh,? on it from Jebel al-Lawz where he locates Mount Sinai.

When the respect­ed evan­gel­i­cal Egyp­tol­o­gist Pro­fes­sor James Hoffmeier cri­tiqued Cornuke?s ?Mount Sinai in Sau­di Ara­bia? the­o­ry, he wrote in his Ancient Israel in Sinai (Oxford 2005:132 – 136) that Cor­nuke was an ?ama­teur? and ?dilet­tante? whose work ?lacks aca­d­e­m­ic cred­i­bil­i­ty.? Hoffmeier then item­izes the ?mon­u­men­tal blun­ders? that Cor­nuke and his col­leagues have made that ?trained archae­ol­o­gists and bib­li­cal schol­ars would not make.? Hoffmeier ulti­mate­ly con­cludes:

?I con­cur with Gor­don Franz?s dev­as­tat­ing cri­tique of Cornuke?s the­o­ry and his con­clu­sions that ?Mt. Sinai should be locat­ed in the Sinai Penin­su­la right where the Bible places it, not in Sau­di Ara­bia.? ?

I have fol­lowed the work and claims of Robert Cor­nuke and have exam­ined them in detail and have come to the same con­clu­sion with each ?dis­cov­ery.? He has pro­duced no cred­i­ble, his­tor­i­cal, geo­graph­i­cal, geo­log­i­cal, archae­o­log­i­cal, or Bib­li­cal evi­dence for any of his claims. What he presents as evi­dence has been mis­un­der­stood, mis­in­ter­pret­ed, and in some cas­es manip­u­lat­ed by Cor­nuke and his asso­ciates.

His books and videos are in the pub­lic domain. Ideas pre­sent­ed to the pub­lic invite pub­lic review, com­ment, and cri­tique. I have reviewed his books and videos and cri­tiqued his ideas. I have not per­son­al­ly attacked Bob Cor­nuke, although I have pro­duced some reviews that point out what I think are fac­tu­al­ly incor­rect data and con­clu­sions that I believe are also incor­rect. This type of dis­course is the nature of schol­ar­ship, but they are not per­son­al attacks.

I have writ­ten cri­tiques of the ideas expressed in Mr. Cornuke?s books and videos, and one cri­tique I col­lab­o­rat­ed with the two lead­ing experts on the search for Noah?s Ark. I would invite any inter­est­ed read­ers to explore these cri­tiques for them­selves. The read­ers will find that the arti­cles have been care­ful­ly researched, rea­soned, and ful­ly doc­u­ment­ed, and will also find Cornuke?s research and con­clu­sions are lack­ing in schol­ar­ly cor­rob­o­ra­tion.

Mount Sinai is NOT at Jebel al-Lawz in Sau­di Ara­bia Part 1

Mount Sinai is NOT at Jebel al-Lawz in Sau­di Ara­bia Part 2

Mount Sinai is NOT at Jebel al-Lawz in Sau­di Ara­bia Part 3

Yah­weh Inscrip­tion Dis­cov­ered at Mount Sinai!

Did the BASE Insti­tute Dis­cov­er Noah?s Ark in Iran?

Cri­tique of the video ?A Search for Noah?s Ark?

Does ?The Lost Ship­wreck of Paul? Hold Water?

Search­ing for Paul?s Ship­wreck on Mal­ta?: A Cri­tique of the 700 Club?s Feb­ru­ary 26, 2010 Pro­gram

?The Lost Ship­wreck of Paul?: A Cri­tique of the Video

About the author

Gor­don Franz is a Bible teacher who holds an MA in Bib­li­cal Stud­ies from Colum­bia Bib­li­cal Sem­i­nary, SC. ?Since 1978, he has engaged in exten­sive research in archae­ol­o­gy and has par­tic­i­pat­ed in a num­ber of exca­va­tions in and around Jerusalem, includ­ing Ketef Hin­nom and Ramat Rachel; as well as the exca­va­tions at Lachish, Jezreel, Hazor, and Tel Zay­it. ?He has taught the geog­ra­phy of the Bible and led field trips in Israel for the Jerusalem Cen­ter for Bib­li­cal Stud­ies, the Insti­tute of Holy Land Stud­ies, and the IBEX pro­gram of Master?s Col­lege. ?He also co-teach­es the Tal­bot School of Theology?s Bible Lands Pro­gram. ?Gor­don is on the staff of the Asso­ciates for Bib­li­cal Research.

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