E100-20: Exodus 13-14: Crossing the Reed Sea

In this podcast we’ll notice just how firmly this passage tells us that the miracle at the Reed Sea* was indeed entirely a miracle. We’ll notice how good source critics were/are at spotting small discrepancies in texts, but also how little the composers of the Bible seemed to care about detail, concerned with things that matter (relationships, especially and particularly our relationship with God) rather than “facts” which are merely of secondary importance. And, watching and listening to the Israelites we’ll spot how fear and grumbling are related.

* That yam suph meant “sea of reeds” and was not (at first, necessarily) the name of the Red Sea is quite clear, Bible translations stick with Red Sea because it has been traditional since the Septuagint!