[b-hebrew] Re: g(r Psa. 106:9
jwest at highland.net
Fri Dec 17 14:05:27 EST 2004
At 01:18 PM 12/17/2004, you wrote:
>The text is clear that Jews crossed the sea, while the chariots got stuck.
>Before building of Aswan dam, there were plenty of swamps close to the Red
>Sea. With little wind, water became shallow. So it was mud.
The chariots got stuck, we will no doubt be told, because it was a miracle
that what was dry ground for the israelites became mud for the
egyptians. Even though, of course, the egyptians were right on the heels
of the israelites. The various and sundry "naturalistic" explanations, as
I have called them, all falter on the simple logic of the text- which
again, cannot be "proven". Either you have to accept that the text is
recording straightforward history- and that a divine miracle- or you have
to wriggle around hoping that there is some analogous explanation. Or, you
can accept the story as "theological historiography" - that is the option I
think most useful.
Jim West, ThD
Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies
Quartz Hill School of Theology
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