“Exodus: Gods and Kings” explores science behind parting of Red Sea

Ridley Scott’s new movie “Exodus: Gods and Kings” explores science behind parting of Red Sea

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A scene from “Exodus: Gods and Kings” © 20th century Fox

English filmmaker Ridley Scott’s new work Exodus: Gods and Kings will be opening in US movie theaters on December 12, 2014. As its title suggests, the film depicts one of the most iconic miracles of the Bible, the parting of the Red Sea by Moses. The most classic cinematic representation of the miracle has so far been the one in Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 film The Ten Commandments, in which Moses parts the sea into two imposing ramparts of water, thereby temporarily exposing a path of dry seabed in between. Scott, however, has opted for a more scientifically realistic scene, all the while being careful to keep a touch of the miraculous. In his movie, the Red Sea will part as a result of an earthquake-induced tsunami. There seem to be scientific incoherences with this account as well, and purposefully so.

For more information: http://online.wsj.com/articles/how-did-moses-part-the-red-sea-1417790250

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