Israel's Crossing of the Red Sea Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Israel's Crossing of the Red Sea
An overview of the biblical story of the crossing of the Red Sea and the settlement of Canaan.
# 40607 | 4,400 words | 13 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 13, 2003 in Religion and Theology (The Bible)

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This paper explores and describes the Israelites' crossing of the Red Sea. In addition to explaining the crossing of the Red Sea, the paper addresses the conquest and settlement of Canaan, the leader and prophet Moses and the story of the Exodus.

From the Paper:

"As the story goes, Moses began the Exodus with the spectacle of the Israelites crossing the parted Red Sea, while those in the Egyptian chariots perished behind them. Except we now know it was not the Red Sea. Translated literally, the Hebrew words "Yam Suph" means Sea of Reeds. It is now believed that the crossing took place near the Bitter
Lakes, a swampy area filled with reeds where the heavy chariots would have quickly sunk in the mud. From the Bitter Lakes, Moses continued south toward the oasis of Elam, "with 12 fountains of water." Today, Elim is called Wadi Gharandel an oasis every bit as lush as the day the parched slaves from Egypt arrived. Drink they had aplenty, but what about food? Moses told them that God would provide "bread from Heaven" or manna. But did manna come from heaven? It may, quite literally, have fallen off a tree. It sat in the middle of a bone-dry plateau, less than a mile from the road. The tamarisk is often covered with tiny insects that secrete a sticky substance. Early in the morning, warmed by the sun, the stuff falls in big drops to the ground. The local Bedouins collect the honey-like substance and cook it into wafers or store it in jars, just as the Bible instructs. Amazingly, the Bedouins still call it Mann Es-Sama: manna."

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