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Posted by littlefish on October 18, 2002 10:47:40 UTC

If you drive through the Sinai desert towards Eilat you'll notice that the area is subject to flash floods which inundate the flat plain. Although the area is arid these floods can sweep down from the hills rapidly and have caused significant erosion in what is predominantly loosely packed, sandy topsoil.
Now it just struck me about this debate which has been occuring about Noah and the Ark. Here's another example of where the ancient Jews got their wires crossed and attributed to God what was essentially a natural event.
Moses was walking through the desert leading the Jews back from exile. Suddenly a huge storm gathers and lightning strikes Mount Sinai. (These floods are not a common occurance.)
Moses, frightened, probably lost and hungry, attributes the ensuing lightening strike to Jehova as well as the subsequent burning bush. It's a sign, he tells his people, and then he receives the ten commandments which the Jews proceed to break for the next few thousand years.
It only takes one deluded individual to start a religion.

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