Monday, August 07, 2006

Biblical parting of the Red Sea was a tsunami

James Cameron's new documentary looks at the archeological evidence behind the biblical story of the Exodus and reveals that the parting of the Red Sea was triggered by a series of earthquakes which produced a tsunami. From Times Online:
The documentary’s website argues that a series of earthquakes may have “destabilised the entire Nile Delta system and resulted in part of the delta sliding off the African continental shelf”. This would have raised the level of land around the Sea of Reeds, believed to have been saltwater swamps around El Balah, the now extinct lake.

“In other words, the sea parted,” the website says. “Water would have cascaded from higher ground to lower ground . . . creating dry land on which the Israelites could cross. This event would also have caused an enormous ‘backsplash’ of water, a veritable tsunami. If the waves went a mere seven miles inland they would have engulfed the Egyptian army.”
Here's the link to the website where you can explore its virtual museum to learn more about the findings revealed in the documentary.

6 comments:

Lord Kimbo said...

Does that mean that the Exodus really happened?

Anonymous said...

Depends on whether you believe that the contents in the Bible are historical facts.

Boywonder said...

It is hard to say but James Cameron work so far is quite interesting. I can't wait to watch it.

Shy said...

Hope Discovery Channel will show this in Singapore.

Anonymous said...

thot moses was really behind the parting of the sea ;o)

Sir Thomas said...

No. It was the Spagetti Monster.

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