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Red Sea

The Red Sea is the narrow body of water that lies between Egypt and Arabia. It extends 1300 miles from the Indian Ocean on the south to the Sinai Peninsula, where it splits into two gulfs. The Gulf of Suez lies between the Sinai Peninsula and Egypt, while the Gulf of Aqabah lies between the Sinai Peninsula and Arabia.

Israel's exodus from Egypt involved the crossing of the yam suph, literally the "Sea of Reeds." Papyrus reeds were common to the lakes between the Gulf of Suez and the Nile Delta region. There is no consensus among scholars as to where the Israelites crossed the Reed Sea (Exodus 14-15), but it was likely across one of the lakes between the Gulf of Suez and the Nile Delta that lie in the path of what is now the Suez Canal, which connects the Red and Mediterranean Seas.

AUTHOR: Robert Brusic, Seminary Pastor Emeritus

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