National Geographic : 1964 Jan
Large bronze cross bears Greek inscriptions. The right arm contains a dedication by a certain Theodora in honor of Proclus and Dometia, perhaps her parents. The left arm and two vertical bars carry Exodus verses (19:16-18) telling of God's descent upon Mount Sinai. In cised sketches show Mosey re ceiving the tablets of the law and loosening his sandals in obedience to God's voice from the burning bush. Moses ap pears with and without a halo, the difference between man and prophet. Dr. Weitzmann be lieves the cross was made about the time the monastery was founded and occupied the cen ter of the original iconostasis. Four Evangelists fill the am of a cross honoring Virgin and Child. This hollow object con tained a piece of wood supposed to have been taken from the true Cross. Such crosses were made in Jerusalem for centuries, and pilgrims have placed them in many Orthodox churches. Four-legged stand for the Koran has a carved inscription enumerating other gifts by its donor, who lived some 850 years ago. A mosque stands within the walls of St. Cather ine's, and on great Moslem feast days the Bedouin come to pray. Scholars from the University of Alexandria, collaborating with Western expe rts, study the 1Ms lem antiquities. HS KTACHROMESBY FRED ANDFREGG, MO0UNT SINAI EXPEDITIONS © NUS iii~iiiiii~iiiiiiiiiii~iiiiiiiiii!ii~i~ ~ iii~ ~ i iiiiiiiii~ i~iiiii~ii123iiiii!