MemberApril 17, 2021 at 9:05 am
Michele, have you seen April’s focus videos on the Red Sea miracle?
There will be something on the wind-setdown effect at the end of the month. I expect it will include Tim’s interviews with Prof Colin Humphreys, where he explains the physics of what sustained wind can do to water bodies, and what happens when the wind stops. This process seems to be what the Exodus 14 narrative is describing. Sir Colin applies his wind-setdown model of the Red Sea crossing to the Southern Arabah just north of the Aqaba Gulf, but I think it works better in the Bitter Lakes region north of the Suez Gulf. The wind would be the strong hot SE wind רוח הקדים “wind of the east” from the Arabian Peninsula, now known as the hamsin (or khamsin), that blows in the transitional seasons (spring, autumn) and can suddenly switch with the prevailing NW wind off the Med Sea רוח־ים “wind of the sea”. Both winds were involved, the former in bringing the plague of locusts into Egypt and the latter in blowing them out again “to the Red Sea”:
Exo_10:13 So Moses stretched out his staff over the land of Egypt, and the LORD brought an east wind upon the land all that day and all that night; when morning came, the east wind had brought the locusts.
Exo_10:19 The LORD changed the wind into a very strong west wind, which lifted the locusts and drove them into the Red Sea; not a single locust was left in all the country of Egypt.