According to Scientists, a 63 mph Wind Parted the Red Sea

on Sep 21 in The South by David

Okay, I just had to post this. I don’t like to get into religious talk… it just always seems to make people mad and argue. We don’t want that.

But after you read this article that I have copied below (and I think you should), if you believe the Bible in any way, get ready to throw up on your shoes. These ‘smarty pants know-it-alls’ say that Moses got lucky by running up on a portion of the Red Sea that there just happened to have a 63 mph east wind blowing on it, and let them get across, and then the waters receded just in time to wipe out the entire Egyptian army, who was riding on horseback. They said they wanted to prove there was a “scientific explanation” for what happened.

I guess the Israelites were some really fast runners so they could outrun the Egyptian army on horseback (all 1 million or so of them, old ladies, children and pack mules included).

One of the things that gets me, is that there are actually ‘educated’ people who are spending years running computer simulations on this. If they wanted to disprove the Biblical account of the parting of the Red Sea, why don’t they say the Israelites made it up and crossed over on a big barge? At least it would save a lot of university money.

If you like the Bible and get a kick out of “scientific explanations” of God’s power… you’re going to love this (or hate it a whole lot… or probably both).

I can’t wait to hear the explanation of the pillar of fire by night. Probably some kind of Aurora Borealis on crack. By the way, there is a YouTube video link they provide to show the scientific model in motion. I can’t wait to see the model of the Second Coming. What a wind that will be!

Happy Reading!….

Where did waters part for Moses? Not where you think

An illustration based on new research shows how wind could have moved and split waters from two ancient basins.

The parting of the waters described in the book of Exodus that enabled Moses and the Israelites to escape the pharaoh’s army is possible, computer simulations run by researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University of Colorado at Boulder show.

To test the theory that the biblical account may have depicted actual events, the researchers studied maps of the region, archaeological records and satellite measurements to find a topographical feature where such an event might have been possible. They settled on an area south of the Mediterranean Sea where some oceanographers say a branch of the Nile River drained into what was called the Lake of Tanis, a coastal lagoon 3,000 years ago.

The computer model shows a 63 mph east wind blowing across the area and its 6-feet-deep waters for 12 hours. In the scenario, the wind pushed back the waters into both the lake and the channel of the river, exposing a mud flat 2 to 2.5 miles long and 3 miles wide for four hours. As the winds died down, the waters quickly flowed back in and in theory would have drowned anyone on the mud flat.

“The simulations match fairly closely with the account in Exodus,” said Carl Drews of NCAR, the lead author of the study published in the online journal PLoS ONE. (Read the full study)

“The parting of the waters can be understood through fluid dynamics. The wind moves the water in a way that’s in accordance with physical laws, creating a safe passage with water on two sides and then abruptly allowing the water to rush back in.”

YouTube: Parting the waters, Part 1: The physics of a land bridge

Parting the waters, Part 2: Carl Drews on wind setdown research

The biblical account of Exodus has Moses and his followers trapped by the pharaoh forces against a body of water, which has been translated to both the Red Sea and the Sea of Reeds. In the account, a strong wind comes up after night falls and parts the waters behind the Israelites. Moses leads them into the breach but when the pharaoh army pursues them at daybreak, the gap disappears and the army is lost.

Previous research has focused on areas of the Red Sea near the modern-day Suez Canal where the biblical miracle may have been possible. The NCAR/CU team said their research shows those scenarios unlikely. They ran a series of 14 computer simulations to pinpoint the area where the parting of the waters was most likely.

“People have always been fascinated by this Exodus story, wondering if it comes from historical facts,” Drews says. “What this study shows is that the description of the waters parting indeed has a basis in physical laws.”

Drews conducted the Exodus research as part of a larger project on how winds can affect water depths.

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  • Denise Thompson says:

    Just ONE “word” about the wind “GOD”…CREATED THE WIND!!

  • Kate Farrell says:

    I agree with Denise. Nobody ever said God didn’t cause miraculous things to happen such as causing a wind to blow in such a way that it would part the sea!!! I would say He had a lot to do with it — everything to do with it, actually!

    I doubt that 63 mph winds could do such a wondrous thing as part the sea for Moses and the Israelites and then suddenly “unpart” in time to kill the pharaoh’s army. God had to have been involved. No matter how one looks at it!

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