Moses supposedly parted the Red Sea
Many, atheists in particular, had dismissed the story as being fictitious, but scientists have now proven that the supposed miracle could have happened.
Rather than being a miracle, however, it may have been down to good timing.
The story is one of the most important in the bible.
In Exodus 14, it says: “And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.”
At the closest point, the Red Sea is seven kilometres across
Naum Volzinger, a senior researcher at St. Petersburg's Institute of Oceanography, and his Hamburg-based colleague Alexei Androsov have run calculations to prove the ‘miracle’ was possible.
The Russian duo calculated that if it was a particularly gusty night and wind speeds were sustained at an average of 67 miles per hour overnight, then it could have exposed the sea bed.
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Mr Volzinger also adds that 3,500 years ago, when the incident is supposed to have happened, the Red Sea would have been much shallower than it is today, making it easier for the surface to appear.
If the wind was sustained at 67 miles per hour over the night that Moses led his people across the parted sea, then they would have had enough time, with a little to spare, according to the research pair.
Mr Volzinger told the Moscow Times: “It would take the Jews — there were 600,000 of them — four hours to cross the seven kilometre reef that runs from one coast to another.
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“Then, in a half-hour, the waters would come back.”
He added that there was still some miraculous intervention occurring.
The Russian mathematician continued: “I am convinced that God rules the Earth through the laws of physics.”