Events of The Bible

Crossing the Red Sea

Crossing the Red Sea

Crossing the Red Sea

קריעת ים סוף

Keriat Yam Suf

k’-ree-AT yam SUF

Where does Crossing the Red Sea take place?

At Pi-HaHirot, between Migdol and the Sea of Reeds (the modern-day Gulf of Suez), opposite Baal-Tzefon. This area is on the eastern side of mainland Egypt, west of the Sinai Peninsula.

When does Crossing the Red Sea take place?

On the 21st of the Hebrew month of Nissan, in the Hebrew year 2448. This is generally believed to be 1313 BCE.

What happened at Crossing the Red Sea?

The Splitting of the Sea, also known as the Crossing of the Red Sea, occurred when Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt and they were pursued by Pharaoh’s army.

As they approached the sea with the Egyptians in pursuit, God commanded Moses to stretch out his hand over the waters. A strong east wind blew all night, causing the sea to divide and exposing a dry path for the Israelites to cross on foot.

The Israelites crossed safely while Pharaoh’s army followed them into the divided sea. However, as soon as Pharaoh’s army was between walls of water, God caused the water to collapse over Pharaoh’s army, drowning them all.

The entire event was a miraculous intervention by God on behalf of His people.

The Crossing of the Sea is celebrated in Jewish tradition on the seventh day of Passover, the anniversary of the event. Jews also read or sing “The Song of the Sea” (Exodus 15:1-19) during the morning prayer every day of the year.


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