Did the Israelites Cross the Red Sea or the Gulf of Aqaba?

    At least one man and his followers are touring the United States and some other countries claiming that the Israelites crossed the Gulf of Aqaba on a "land-bridge" (by that he means a relatively shallow portion of the Gulf of Aqaba). He shows himself standing by columns he claims were erected by King Solomon and even claims that on, at least, one of these columns there is an inscription by King Solomon.

    If the Bible is of importance to your understanding of the Israelite Exodus, then this theory has to be dismissed as impossible. Exod 15:22 reads, "Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness and found no water" (emphasis supplied).

    Exod 15:22 says that the Israelites crossed the Red Sea and found themselves in the wilderness of Shur. Looking on any Bible atlas, including

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the one in the back of your Bible (and also evidenced from Egyptian sources), one can see that the wilderness of Shur is east of the Red Sea and in the western area of the Sinai.  (This location is also attested in Egyptian sources). To cross the Red Sea and be in the wilderness of Shur one could only be crossing the western most arm of the Red Sea and not the Gulf of Aqaba.

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   Mr. Ron Wyatt not only claims the Israelites crossed away from the wilderness of Shur, he also has produced a photograph of himself standing by a column he claims is Solomonic and he claims it has an inscription of Solomon on it. This column may have an inscription of Solomon on it, but it is not the King Solomon of the Old Testament.

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The column Mr. Wyatt is standing by is not from the time of Solomon but crafted in the time of Jesus or later. Columns constructed in the time of Solomon were built from square stone blocks and were rectangular columns, not round ones.

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Mr. Wyatt and a column from the time of Jesus

No inscription by Solomon or mentioning Solomon has been found til this time. Such a find would be stupendous and I wish this claim were true. It is not.

Columns from the time of Solomon