To get a proper perspective, let us recall briefly the story in the Book of Exodus of the Old Testament about the escape or ‘exodus’ of the Israelites led by Moses from the cruel slavery of the Pharoah of Egypt.
In that story, fearing how the Israelites led by Jacob were becoming a powerful nation, the Egyptian Pharaoh launched a first-strike, conquering quickly in one swoop and enslaving the Israelites before they would become too strong. He ordered the killing of all male children. To escape, the mother of the baby Moses set him adrift on the reedy marsh of the Nile River. The daughter of the Pharaoh, bathing in the river, discovered him, and adopted him as her own son. Moses grew up as a prince, playmate of the son-prince of the Pharaoh. Aware that his roots was Hebrew and seeing the cruelty against the Hebrew slaves, Moses prayed to God for help.
God told Moses to rescue his people and bring them to Canaan. When the Pharaoh refused to let the Hebrew slaves go, God sent ten deadly plagues, the last one being an angel of death killing the first-born male of all Egyptians including the Pharaoh’s newly-born son. The feast of the Passover was precisely the angel passing over or skipping the homes of the Israelites, which had the blood of lamb on their doors. The angel of death was the last straw. Finally, the Pharoah gave in and let the slaves go. But when they were on their way, he changed his mind, pursuing them with his army and his chariots.
Moses and the slaves were cornered at the Red Sea. God saved them by parting the waters so they could cross. As soon as they did, the waters returned and drowned the Egyptian army and their chariots.
Geologists posed a theory on how the waters parted during the Red Sea Crossing, arguing that God did not do a spectacular miracle and simply worked through Mother Nature, through a freak natural occurrence. They theorized that massive tectonic shifts triggered the flow of water from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea (red arrows below), exposing vast areas of the Gulf of Aqaba, where the Israelites were theorized to have crossed to freedom. The water might have flowed back quickly after the Israelites have crossed, drowning the Egyptians.
The geologists theorized that even the tiny Dead Sea northeast of the crossing could also have emptied into the Mediterranean, but never flowed back. Hence, today, the Dead Sea is below sea level and extremely salty because it has slowly dried up through the centuries.
Ron Wyatt, a curator of a museum of ancient history, believed the jump-off point of the crossing was at Nuweiba Beach on the west side of the Gulf of Aqaba. This Gulf is connected to the Red Sea as an extension. He discovered a shallow underwater bridge connecting Nuweiba Beach in the west to the east side of the Gulf.
Wyatt sent scuba divers to scour the underwater land bridge, the theorized path of the crossing. There he discovered the evidence of the century, human skulls and bones, an ancient golden chariot wheel, and remnants of chariots. He suspected that the wheel was made of gold because it was not corroded by corals or barnacles. True enough, it was made of gold. The wheel was similar to the golden wheel found in the tomb of the infamous Pharaoh Tutkankhamen, now in a London museum.
The geologists had a second simpler theory – that low tide regularly exposed the shallow land bridge during ancient times. Such vast exposure of the sea was photographed by modern-day researchers.
Phoenician and Hebrew hieroglyphics on ancient pillars are intact today on both sides of the crossing. King Solomon was said to have built these monuments.
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