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A  new computer modelling study suggests a powerful wind could have divided the waters just as depicted in the Book of Exodus.

The likely location of the ''miracle'' was not the Red Sea as such, but a nearby spot in the Nile Delta region.

In the biblical account, Moses and the fleeing Israelites are trapped between the Pharaoh's advancing chariots and a body of water identified from translations as either the Red Sea or Sea of Reeds.

Thanks to divine intervention, a mighty east wind blows all night, splitting the waters to leave a passage of dry land with walls of water on both sides.

The Israelites make their escape, but when the Pharaoh's army tries to pursue them the waters come crashing back and drown the soldiers.

Scientists in the US studying ancient maps of the Nile Delta region pinpointed where the crossing may have occurred, just south of the Mediterranean Sea

Here, according to some experts, an ancient branch of the Nile flowed into a coastal lagoon then known as the Lake of Tanis.

Analysis of archaeological records, satellite measurements and maps allowed the researchers to estimate the water flow and depth at the site 3,000 years ago.

An ocean computer model was then used to simulate the impact of a strong overnight wind on the six-foot-deep waters.

The scientists found that an east wind of 63 mph blowing for 12 hours would have driven the shallow waters back, both into the lake and the river channel.

For a period of four hours, this would have created a land bridge about two miles long and three miles wide.

The waters really would have been parted, with barriers of water raised on both sides of the newly exposed mud flats.

As soon as the winds dropped, the waters would have rushed back, much like a tidal bore. Anyone stranded on the mud flats would have been at risk of drowning, said the scientists, whose findings are reported today in the online journal Public Library of Science ONE.

Lead researcher Carl Drews, from the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, said: ''The simulations match fairly closely with the account in Exodus.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/scien...pened.html



I thought I read somewhere that Napoleon crossed the Red Sea on his horse.
(09-21-2010, 08:28 PM)dark lancer Wrote: [ -> ]I thought I read somewhere that Napoleon crossed the Red Sea on his horse.

Knowing Napoleon's ego, he probably made that story up... :
(09-21-2010, 07:56 PM)candidus Wrote: [ -> ]Here, according to some experts, an ancient branch of the Nile flowed into a coastal lagoon then known as the Lake of Tanis.

The experts have discovered Tanis!
I saw a program on one of those cable TV science channels about stuff like this. An earthquake triggering a tidal wave could have also sucked the water from the Reed Sea, which then came crashing back in later, wiping out the Egyptians.  
(09-21-2010, 07:56 PM)candidus Wrote: [ -> ]Here, according to some experts, an ancient branch of the Nile flowed into a coastal lagoon then known as the Lake of Tanis.

The best response to such experts came from a Jewish mother: "You were there?"
I too have heard this stuff. It comes from higher criticism of the Scriptures. The pivotal point in their exposition is that the Red Sea is a mis-spelling of the Reed Sea. Which begs the question is Red and Reed spelled similarly in Hebrew as in English ? Sounds like rubbish to me. There is a wanting to day to have everything explained away as such and such bit of science. I fall for it all the time too. But after you start thinking it through you realise it is just trying to explain away the Supernatural aspect. What they are trying to do is reduce Scriptures to Joseph Campbell type myths with a few extraordinary but easily explainable natural phenomena. I think this is what the etc. in the Fatima secret refers to, a rationalization away of all things Supernatural. Those things which naturally the poor peasants believe without questioning, and for which they are considered backward and superstitious. I'm not talking about the malocchio but the folks who say a Hail Mary when they see a pane of glass with a reflection which resembles Our Lady and they believe it is a sign. The cognoscenti laugh and deride their stupidity and lack of scientific reasoning, yet their first reaction is Ave Maria.I read the psalms everyday and I am certain that the Red Sea parted and the Israelites passed through on dry land and Pharaoh chariots, and horsemen were drowned by God.
tim 
All I see here is a thinly veiled attempt to remove God from our lives.  They are removing God from the Bible.. which is quite disturbing.
(09-22-2010, 12:08 PM)City Smurf Wrote: [ -> ]All I see here is a thinly veiled attempt to remove God from our lives.  They are removing God from the Bible.. which is quite disturbing.

I agree...  :)
Exod 10 [19]  And he made a very strong wind to blow from the west, and it took the locusts and cast them into the Red Sea: there remained not so much as one in all the coasts of Egypt.

And here is Strong on the word cuwph

http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H5488&t=KJV

It has nothing to do with the color red

1) reed, rush, water plant

a) rushes

b) sea of rushes

1) of Red Sea

2) of arms of Red Sea

3) of Gulf of Suez

4) of sea from straits to Gulf of Akaba

The occurrences of the word cuwph  are mostly references for the event in Exod 10, or are translated to English as 'flags' once in Jonah weed.
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