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  • Deborah Hurn

    January 7, 2021 at 10:55 am

    Jevan, I understand why you expect the ‘spectacular’ in both the Means (the water-parting) and the End (the destruction of Pharaoh). But weigh against that the reality that many ‘miracles’ of the exodus era were not particularly ‘spectacular’ even in their description. The quails, for example, behave just as described in the Sinai Peninsula. Water that may be accessed by striking a rockface is a feature of limestone karstic systems. The Jordan River crossing is commonly accepted to be caused by a landslide of the marl in the Jordan Valley near Tall Damiya (biblical town of Adam) as a result of an earthquake, also common in the Rift Valley. And an earthquake also probably brought down the walls of Jericho. Now, a city collapsing in an earthquake in the Rift Valley is ‘spectacular’ I guess, but not really surprising. The miracle is in the timing. What are the odds of a major earthquake happening after the Israelites’ 7th circuit of the city on the 7th day?