Red Sea from NASA
Map of the Red Sea region
The red sea (Hebrew: ים סוף, Yam Suf, Hebrew: הים האדום, Hayam Haadóm, Arabic: البحر الأحمر, Bahr el-Ahmar) is a gulf of the Indian Ocean between Africa and Asia (Arabian Peninsula). The Red Sea extends about 1,900 km from the straits of Bab el-Mandeb to the tip of the Sinai peninsula. The Red Sea has two arms to the north. One to the west, separating Arabia from Egypt and one to the east, separating the Sinai Peninsula from Arabia. The west arm leads to the Gulf of Suez where is located the Suez Canal nowadays. The east arm leads to the Gulf of Aqabah.
In the Bible
The crossing of the Red Sea, oil on canvas, 124 x 174 cm Jacques Courtois (1621-1676)
The Israelites were led from Egypt on the way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea (or Sea of reeds, rushes - Hebrew: יַם־ס֑וּף, yam sûph) (Exodus 13:18 ). There took place the miracle of the splitting of the Red Sea that allowed the people of Israel could escape the persecution of the Egyptians.(Exodus 14:15-23 )
- ↑ Douglas, J. D., ed. (1980). The Illustrated Bible Dictionary. 3. Inter-Varsity Press/Tyndale House Publishers. p. 1323. ISBN 0-8423-7525-2.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Pfeiffer, Charles F (1979). Baker´s Bible Atlas. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House. p. 14-15. ISBN 0-8010-6930-0.
- ↑ Wood, D. R. W, ed. (1985). New Bible Atlas. Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers. p. 31. ISBN 0-8423-4675-9.