I think science is about the search for God; it just comes at it from a different angle than religion.- Chris Carter
Whatever your belief, it seems that somehow the Red Sea could have very likely been parted in the approximate fashion described in the Holy Bible, and that just maybe science and the divine are not mutually exclusive.
In the Book of Exodus, the Hebrews found themselves wedged in between the Pharaoh’s forces behind them, the mountains on one side and their Red Sea in front of them.
The story goes that the Lord placed a pillar of cloud between the fleeing Hebrews and the Egyptians (which kept them at bay) but the Israelites still couldn’t imagine how they would escape the terror of the approaching Egyptians.
the sea rolled back in, covering the Egyptian army, its chariots and horses.
At one point, they even considered surrendering and returning to their former lives as slaves until Moses showed them what the Lord had planned. “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today.
The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:13-14, NIV) Then Moses stretched his hand out over the sea.
The Lord caused a strong east wind to blow all night, parting the waters and turning the sea floor into dry land.
During the night, the Israelites fled through the Red Sea, a wall of water to their right and to their left.The Egyptian army charged in after them. Once the Israelites were safe on the other side, God commanded Moses to stretch out his hand again.
As morning returned, the sea rolled back in, covering the Egyptian army, its chariots and horses.Sound far-fetched?
The National Center for Atmospheric Research says the miracle may not be as impossible as some detractors think.
In fact, their “simulations match fairly closely with the account in Exodus,” lead researcher Carl Drews told the London Telegraph.
This is how the study, published in the online journal PLoS ONE, explains it.
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.