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  • Deborah Hurn

    October 18, 2021 at 9:23 pm


    1. The “Sea of Reeds” translation is unnecessary… a simple study of the biblical usage of the term ‘yam suf’ shows that the biblical authors used the term (in the majority of instances) to refer to the Gulf of Aqaba, where there are no reeds. We do not need to look for marshy lakes for ‘yam suf’. The biblical authors used the term ‘yam suf’ in much the same way as we now understand the Red Sea… as the body of water between Africa and Arabia that includes both gulfs.

    2. There is considerable hydrological variability along the length of the Suez Isthmus because it is a very low-lying formation subject to strong winds from Arabia and inundation from the Nile and ingress from the Med and Suez Gulf. Evidence for the drying of marshes by wind in the north ought not to skew northward the search for the crossing site, especially in light of the verse that clearly states that God did not lead the Israelites towards Philistia, which is to the northeast. Qantara is the small rise in the northern Isthmus over which passes the modern road to Gaza (ancient Philistia). This option is specifically excluded by the exodus narrative. The Israelites did not head northeast from Goshen at any time during the exodus.

    Exo 13:17-18 NRSV When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was nearer; for God thought, “If the people face war, they may change their minds and return to Egypt.” (18) So God led the people by the roundabout way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of the land of Egypt prepared for battle.