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  • Deborah Hurn

    January 11, 2021 at 12:38 am

    Those texts are too long to reproduce here. The third scripture is the single verse in the Numbers itinerary (Num 33:8).

    Num 33:8 JPS  And they journeyed from Penehahiroth, and passed through the midst of the sea into the wilderness; and they went three days' journey in the wilderness of Etham, and pitched in Marah.

    The Deuteronomy review also briefly refers to the Red Sea crossing thus:

    Deu 11:4 JPS and what He did unto the army of Egypt, unto their horses, and to their chariots; how He made the water of the Red Sea to overflow them as they pursued after you, and how the LORD hath destroyed them unto this day;

    After the Pentateuchal accounts, there are Rahab’s and Joshua’s statements, using minimal terms:

    Jos 2:10 JPS [Rahab] For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea before you, when ye came out of Egypt...
    Jos 4:23 JPS [Joshua] For the LORD your God dried up the waters of Jordan from before you, until ye were passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red Sea, which He dried up from before us, until we were passed over...
    Jos 24:6-7 JPS [Joshua] And I brought your fathers out of Egypt; and ye came unto the sea; and the Egyptians pursued after your fathers with chariots and with horsemen unto the Red Sea. (7) And when they cried out unto the LORD, He put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and brought the sea upon them, and covered them...

    There is a brief account in Nehemiah’s prayer also:

    Neh 9:11 JPS  And Thou didst divide the sea before them, so that they went through the midst of the sea on the dry land; and their pursuers Thou didst cast into the depths, as a stone into the mighty waters.