Posted by: mrondael | March 7, 2009

Archaeological Evidence: The Red Sea Crossing of Exodus

It’s great to know that I serve an awesome and wonderful God.  As believers we don’t bank on the material but live by the word and the spirit of God.   But I gotta tell ya, when I do find out about archaeological findings that corroborate the accounts of the Bible all that does is boost my faith even more so!  Remember 2 Corinthians:
2Cr 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Here is some fascinating evidence though.  I’ve posted below some awesome findings that my friend Grover forwarded to me from him and his colleagues:

 PARTING OF THE RED SEA .

Chariot Wheels found at the bottom of the Red Sea — See pictures below and the route

Chariot Wheel

Chariot Wheel

 

Red Sea Crossing

Red Sea Crossing

 You will be surprised to see proof of  Pharaoh’s chariot and bones of horses and men found in the
Red Sea . Evidence of the crossing of the Red Sea .. Pharaoh’s drowned army.

Coral encrusted bones

Coral encrusted bones

 Confirmation of the actual Exodus route has come from divers finding coral-encrusted bones and chariot remains in the Gulf of Aqaba . ONE of the most dramatic records of Divine intervention in history is the account of the Hebrews’ exodus from Egypt ..

The subsequent drowning of the entire Egyptian army in the Red Sea was not an insignificant event, and confirmation of this event is compelling evidence that the Biblical narrative is truly authentic.  Over the years, many divers have searched the Gulf of Suez in vain for artifacts to verify the Biblical account.  But carefully following the Biblical and historical records of the Exodus brings you to Nuweiba, a large beach in the Gulf of Aqaba , as Ron Wyatt discovered in 1978.
Repeated dives in depths ranging from 60 to 200 feet deep (18m to 60m), over a stretch of almost 2.5 km, has shown that the chariot parts are scattered across the sea bed.  Artifacts found include wheels, chariot bodies, as well as human and horse bones.  Divers have located on the Saudi coastline opposite Nuweiba as well.
Since 1987, Ron Wyatt found three four-spoke gilded chariot wheels. Coral does not grow on gold, hence the shape has remained very distinct, although the wood inside the gold veneer has disintegrated making them too fragile to move.

 Gold Plated Chariot Wheel

Gold Plated Chariot Wheel

 The hope for future expeditions is to explore the deeper waters with remote cameras or mini-subs. (ABOVE GILDED CHARIOT WHEEL – Mute witness to the miracle of the crossing of the Red Sea by the Hebrews 3,500 years ago. Found with a metal detector. Coral-encrusted chariot wheel, filmed off the Saudi coastline, matches chariot wheels found in Tutankhamen’ s tomb.  
coral encrusted bones

coral encrusted bones

 Mineralized bone, one of many found at the crossing site (above center). This one tested by the Department of Osteology at Stockholm University , was found to be a human femur, from the right leg of a 165-170 cm tall man. It is essentially ‘fossilized, ‘ i.e., replaced by minerals and coral, hence cannot be dated by radiocarbon methods, although this specimen was obviously from antiquity. Chariot wheel and axle covered with coral and up-ended.  Exodus 14:25 ‘And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily…’ Solomon’s memorial pillars.
When Ron Wyatt first visited Nuweiba in 1978, he found a Phoenician style column lying in the water.  Unfortunately the inscriptions had be en eroded away, hence the column’s importance was not understood until 1984 when a second granite column was found on the Saudi coastline opposite –  identical to the first, except on this one the inscription was still intact!
In Phoenician letters (Archaic Hebrew), it contained the words:  Mizraim (Egypt ); Solomon; Edom ; death; Pharaoh; Moses; and Yahweh, indicating that King Solomon had set up these columns as a memorial  to the miracle of the crossing of the sea.   Saudi Arabia does not admit tourists, and perhaps fearing unauthorized visitors, the Saudi Authorities have since removed this column, and replaced it with a flag marker where it once stood. 
 Solmons Column

Solmons Column

 How deep is the water? The Gulf of Aqaba is very deep, in places over a mile (1,600m) deep.  Even with the sea dried up, walking across would be difficult due to the steep grade down the sides.  But there is one spot where if the water were removed, it would be an easy descent for people and animals.  This is the  line between Nuweiba and the opposite shore in Saudi Arabia .

Red Sea Crossing Route

Red Sea Crossing Route

 Depth-sounding expeditions have revealed a smooth, gentle slope descending from Nuweiba out into the Gulf.  This shows up almost like a pathway on depth-recording equipment, confirming it’s Biblical description, ‘…a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters.’ (Isaiah 43:16)
The Bible writers frequently refer to the miracle of the Red Sea crossing, for it was an event which finds no equal in history.  The Hebrew prophets describe the sea at the crossing site as ‘.the waters of the great deep.the depths of the sea…’ (Isaiah 51:10)
 
Knowing the exact spot to which the Bible writers were referring, what is the depth there?  The distance between Nuweiba and where artifacts have been found on Saudi coast is about 18km (11 miles).

Beach where crossing began

Beach where crossing began

 Along this line, the deepest point is about 800m (2,600 feet).  No wonder that Inspired writers of the Bible described it as the mighty waters.  And no wonder that not a single Egyptian survived when the water collapsed in upon them. 

( Above right NUWEIBA BEACH- the spot where the crossing began).

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