Parting the Red Sea

Dr Iain Stewart describes the theory that a volcano-triggered tsunami was the inspiration for the Bible story of God parting the Red Sea to save Moses and his Hebrew followers. There was a massive eruption at Santorini 3,500 years ago - around the same time that Moses and his followers fled slavery in Egypt, according to some scholars. If Moses really travelled through an area east of the Nile Delta once called the Reed Sea, as some experts believe, a volcano-triggered tsunami in the Mediterranean may have first drained away the water and then flooded the coast, drowning the pursuing pharaoh's army. This clip contains footage provided by ITN.

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