There are many stories in the bible that could not have been possible without the divine intervention of God. The story of Exodus, of Moses parting the Red Sea, was one of those stories. How could Moses have moved the waters of the Red Sea without the help of God?
A team from the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University of Colorado at Boulder took a look at this question, and set out to find if it was based on physical properties. The team found that it was possible for wind to have created the separation in the Red Sea that allowed for Moses and his followers to cross unharmed.
According to the Associated Press, the team used computer simulations, and actually pinpointed the spot where they believe the religious crossing took place.
“The parting of the waters can be understood through fluid dynamics,” said Carl Drews of NCAR, who led the study. “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.”
The story of Moses appears in various religious texts, and all accounts vary slightly. But all of them agree that Moses, who was leading thousands of Israelites out of Egypt, being chased by the Egyptian Army, parted the Red Sea to give safe passage to his followers. When everyone was across, the waters closed, trapping the Egyptians on the other side.
The study found that a wind blowing at “63 miles per hour, blowing steadily for 12 hours, could have pushed back waters 6 feet deep.”
“People have always been fascinated by this Exodus story, wondering if it comes from historical facts,” Drews said. “What this study shows is that the description of the waters parting indeed has a basis in physical laws.”