Thursday, January 28, 2010

Rahav shedding light on the splitting of the sea

In Sefer Yehoshua in 2:10, Rahav is talking to the two slaves Yehoshua had sent. She is describing how they know the Jews are going to take over the land. Rahav says "for we heard that Hashem dried out the waters of the Yam Suf before you, when you left Egypt".

I wonder - does this statement by Rahav shed any light on to how the actual splitting of the sea went down? Can we rely on her statement to understand the splitting of the sea? Perhaps she heard wrong? Perhaps the news media outlets got the details inaccurately? Or maybe this is how it went down - rather than moving the waters to the side, the water in the middle (on the created paths) dried up leaving a path...

What do you think?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

at the very least it refers to the land which was dried out for us to walk on.

in the vanguard said...

The other question is: The splitting of the Jordan River was a much closer and larger phenomenon, one would think, being it waters kept rushing and where the "wall" was met it travelled upwards (where did i hear that?), and it happened not long ago, whereas the Reed Sea's split occurred 40 years earlier.

Could be the latter came with much noise whereas the Jordan's split was a "quiet" miracle.

in the vanguard said...

Bodies of water everywhere in the world may have spilt during Kriyat Yam Suf, so the question may well be a moot point for it was "there" for all to see.

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