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"By A Strong East Wind"

"Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and The Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. The Egyptians pursued, and went in after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen ... Then The Lord said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen." So Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its flow when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled into it, and The Lord routed the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen and all the host of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not so much as one of them remained." (Exodus 14:21-23,26-28 RSV)

Map Of The Exodus

Although there is no doubt what-so-ever that it happened, there remains some uncertainty as to the precise route of the Exodus, and just where the parting of the sea occurred. Those who insist that it was the Red Sea as it is defined today (the northern arm of which is now called the Gulf of Suez), may be overlooking the fact that in ancient times the Red Sea may have extended much farther north than it does now (the Dead Sea in Israel is another example of changed natural boundaries over thousands of years). It is very possible that the Bitter Lakes and Lake Timsah today (it was through that natural series of waters that the modern Suez Canal was constructed - see green line on map above) are merely remnants of a more northerly Red Sea that now ends with the Gulf of Suez.

The map above illustrates 4 possible places where the parting of the sea occurred. Numbers 1 to 3, the Gulf of Suez, the Bitter Lakes, and Lake Timsah are all possibilities, while number 4, the so-called "northern route" through Lake Bardawil, would seem to be much less probable.

Fact Finder: How did The Lord appear as He traveled with the Israelites during the Exodus?
Exodus 13:21-22
See also Rock Of Ages


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