of the Red Sea was some 230 feet lower than at present. The straits were never completely closed but at low sea-stands they would have been dotted with islands, an inviting chain of stepping-stones to the southern Arabian peninsula.
"With the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea." Those were Moses' words of appreciation for the divine wind that parted the waters of the Red Sea, just in time for the Israelites to escape from
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