Winds Parted Red Sea, Not Moses – “Wind Set-Down” Likely? – Koran and Bible Wrong?

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Winds may have parted the Red Sea, and not the biblical and Koran’s account of it, according to a team of researchers.  Based on computer simulations, the famous “parting of the Red Sea” could have been caused by a strong pattern of winds and other land phenomena supported by the theory of “wind set-down” based on the laws of physics.

Was the biblical and Koran account really flawed?

To determine if and how winds parted the Red Sea, a team of researchers, led by Carl Drews, at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, created a computer simulation, according to the LA Times.

The bible and Koran both describe in Exodus how Moses parted the Red Sea after freeing his people from the bondage of an Egyptian pharaoh.  It was said that he commanded that two walls of water be suspended in the air long enough to allow hundreds of people to cross.  He then commanded the Red Sea’s walls to collapse, drowning soldiers in pursuit.

Based on computer models, simulations of the “parting of the Red Sea” show that a wind phenomenon that involves water and topography could propel water in reverse at a stopping point based on the water’s relative shape or bend.  All this can be done with the aid of a coastal reef or lagoon to explain how it was winds that had a part in the Red sea “parting”.

“The simulations match fairly closely with the account in Exodus,” Drews said in a prepared statement based on these new findings of the Red Sea mystery.

The Red Sea parted by “wind set-down”, not Moses

Drews said that the biblical and Koran account of what happened to the Red Sea could be explained by the laws of hydrodynamics.  Physical laws of nature could take place under ideal conditions that allow for walls of water to develop “on two sides” long enough for a safe passageway, and then, without warning, collapse under its own weight.  Drews said this is the more likely scenario involving the “parting of the Red Sea”.  Winds, he said, are the more likely source for the parting.

He explains how winds played an integral part in the “parting of the Red Sea” through a process called “wind set-down”.

Drews said this marvel of science has been studied for quite some time in the Nile valley. It is based on a sustained wind of about 63 mph or more that results in the lowering of water tables in one area, while a wall of water is created on the other side. This water set-down theory runs counter to the common storm surge that pushes a wall of water forward with no resulting lowering or parting as in the Red Sea. According to a report from the University of Carolina, in order for the Red Sea to have been parted by a wind set-down, it would have to be continuous for over 12 hours.

This study underscores the desire for science to explain away or refute anecdotal accounts of what the bible and Koran reveals about history and nature.  It is where science meets religion in explaining the age-old story of how Moses parted the Red Sea.

What does this new discovery or simulation reveal about creation, evolution, and the existence of a higher power in substantiating biblical and Koran beliefs.

Does a theory of wind set-down refute religious beliefs in Moses having parted the Red Sea, or can science conveniently be used to explain what God has set in motion?


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