Study: Wind May Have Parted the Red Sea

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 21 (UPI) — Computer models show wind movement could have parted the waters of the Red Sea as described in the Bible’s book of Exodus, U.S. researchers say.

The biblical account of the parting of the Red Sea has inspired and mystified people for millennia, and computer modeling studies at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University of Colorado at Boulder show how it could have happened, an NCAR release reports.


A strong east wind, blowing overnight, could have pushed water back at a bend where an ancient river is believed to have merged with a coastal lagoon along the Mediterranean Sea, the models show.

With the water pushed back into both waterways, a land bridge would have opened at the bend, enabling people to walk across exposed mud flats to safety.

As the wind died down, the waters would have rushed back in.

“The simulations match fairly closely with the account in Exodus,” lead study author Carl Drews of NCAR said. “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.”

By pinpointing a possible site south of the Mediterranean Sea for the crossing, the study also could be of benefit to experts seeking to research whether such an event ever took place. Archaeologists and Egyptologists have found little direct evidence to substantiate many of the events described in Exodus.

The study was published in the online journal PLoS ONE.

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