With a staff, some wind, and a little help from his brother Aaron, one socially awkward stutterer managed to command the tides aside and bring an entire race of people into the Promised Land. Well, first they wandered for 40 years, but hey -- better than being enslaved!
The Non-Miraculous Explanation:
In 2010, scientists carried out a whole bunch of elaborate computer simulations and found that the fleeing Hebrews could have benefited from a freak natural occurrence wherein strong, sustained winds over a stretch of the Red Sea at the right location could have momentarily caused the water to bend backwards and expose a land bridge that could be crossed on foot, thus allowing the Israelites to flee.
Another similar argument is that the stretch of water in question was shallow and covered an underlying reef that could have been exposed by strong, but not impossible, winds of around 67 miles per hour.
The "Moses was gassy" theory failed to gain mainstream support.
Of course, the more astute among you have noticed we once again run into the Elijah problem, where we've answered how it could have been possible, while completely ignoring the larger theological question of whether or not these things truly happened, much less if there was an intelligent God behind them guiding the wind, lightning, manna, and other natural phenomenon. Good on you for noticing! You're so observant! We have a great answer prepared, and it's--
Oh hey, what's that over there just behind you?
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