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Parting of the Red Sea 'may have happened'

  1. Sep 24, 2010 #1
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-st...he-red-sea-may-have-happened-115875-22577691/

    I'm not linking this as some evidence or support for religious claims in the bible, far from it. I'm actually more interested in the fact such a thing could happen:
    Nature never fails to surprise me in its awesome power.

    Anyone else heard anything about this? What do you think of such a prediction / suggestion?
     
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  3. Sep 24, 2010 #2
    I've heard that it was a mistranslation. Not the "Red Sea, but the "Reed Sea." I have no doubt that the wind could have done something like temporarily dried out a marsh. I would seriously doubt a computer model that suggested wind could have supported large walls of water as in "Hollywood film epics," though.
     
  4. Sep 24, 2010 #3

    Evo

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    Yeah, I can see a storm clearing a marsh.
     
  5. Sep 28, 2010 #4

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    Of course Red and Reed are nearly identical words in Hebrew, right?

    Also, I don't think the basis for biblical claims were Hollywood epics.
     
  6. Sep 28, 2010 #5

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    red -> אדום
    קומוניסט

    adjective
    אדום
    מסומק

    reed -> קנה

    סוף
    קנה סוף
    לשונית
    גמי
    אבוב
    אבה
    אגמון
     
  7. Sep 28, 2010 #6
    Don't look at me, I've actually heard a biblical literalist make this argument. This has not-safe-for-work language, but here's a video of such a person making this claim.



    Starts at 5:20 in the above video.

    I was just using words used in the link.
     
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  8. Oct 10, 2010 #7
    its sea of 'Suph'.
     
  9. Oct 13, 2010 #8
    I believe the Biblical account specifically states that a strong wind was responsible although it probably didn't look like it did in the Ten Commandments movie.
     
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  10. Oct 13, 2010 #9
    Hebrew:
    7307 (ruwach):
    wind 91, spirit 91, Spirit 34, breath 30, winds 11, mind 6, temper 5, spirits 4, side 4, strength 4, life 4, windstorm 3, breathe

    remember the hebrew words are written right to left.
     
  11. Nov 1, 2010 #10
    We know that nature can do these type/sort of things, for example in Earthquake zones, Tsunamis can create a drag back effect of the sea making it look like the sea is empty, however this does not occur by the water parting.

    Drought might be another fundamental explanation for the story in the bible if it is indeed based on a observation and not a crackpot mind story.

    The only other way of the affect of a meteorite could effective part the waters, but then again I'm not sure I'd want to cross water when a meterorite was crossing overhead.. indeed I'm not sure I'd survive to tell the story!

    As for wind, even the strongest wind would be unlikely to cause this

    The only option we're left with is that that particular story in the bible, was not based on an actual observation, but instead an imaginary moralistic view of the world.
     
  12. Nov 3, 2010 #11
    Even if you believe that it is a "reed sea" or a large body of water, what makes this a miracle is that this event happened at a certain time and place.
     
  13. Nov 3, 2010 #12

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    There is no proof that this even happened.
     
  14. Nov 3, 2010 #13
    Do you believe that Aristotle lived? There is also no absolute proof that he lived either. Other than the testimonies and writings of others. Yet there seems to be even more testimonial and written documentation that the Red Sea crossing happened than whether or not Aristotle actually lived.

    Regarding past events, all of us exercise faith in some way or another. It all depends on what sources we put our faith in.
     
  15. Nov 3, 2010 #14

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    We just need to make sure we don't claim things written about in history, especially when they get fanciful, as absolute truth or as miracles when there are little or no facts to corroborate it.
     
  16. Jan 19, 2011 #15
    Of course a little water will eventually sprout life! That of course can't be denied or doubted-can it?
     
  17. Jan 19, 2011 #16
    I quite literally have no idea what you are trying to say. Could you clarify please?
     
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