MemberJune 21, 2021 at 4:06 am
Hi Michele. In another discussion about the Red Sea crossing https://historicalfaithsociety.com/forums/discussion/the-miraculous-sea-crossing/#post-57712 I have made the case that there is a divide between the prosaic (narrative) accounts of the Red Sea crossing and the poetic (interpretive) accounts. Bible readers have commonly conflated these two genres, supposing that the poetic descriptions are ‘scientific’ observations of what happened. I don’t think they, especially in light of the difference in style and detail. The poets and prophets lived long after the events, as you note, so they were not there to record what actually happened. Thus, their representations tend to exaggeration and fancy relative to the narrative accounts which are more modest and naturalistic in their descriptions. Whatever kind of crossing miracle we have come to believe, this is still demonstrably the case… that the most dramatic details are in the poetic versions. Joshua and Rahab (who was not there but was contemporary) describe the sea as ‘dried up’ (biblical quotes in the other thread).