Red Sea: Archaeologists Discover Remains of Egyptian Army From the Biblical Exodus

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Suez| Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry announced this morning that a team of underwater archaeologists had discovered that remains of a large Egyptian army from the 14th century BC, at the bottom of the Gulf of Suez, 1.5 kilometers offshore from the modern city of  Ras Gharib. The team was searching for the remains of ancient ships and artefacts related to Stone Age and Bronze Age trade in the Red Sea area, when they stumbled upon a gigantic mass of human bones darkened by age. 

The scientists lead by Professor Abdel Muhammad Gader and associated with Cairo University’s Faculty of Archaeology, have already recovered a total of more than 400 different skeletons, as well as hundreds of weapons and pieces of armor, also the remains of two war chariots, scattered over an area of approximately 200 square meters. They estimate that more than 5000 other bodies could be dispersed over a wider area, suggesting that an army of large size who have perished on the site.

This magnificient blade from an egyptian khopesh,  was certainly the weapon of an important character. It was discovered near the remains of a highly decorated war chariot, suggesting it could have belonged to a prince or nobleman.

This magnificient blade from an egyptian khopesh, was certainly the weapon of an important character. It was discovered near the remains of a richly decorated war chariot, suggesting it could have belonged to a prince or nobleman.

Many clues on the site have brought Professor Gader and his team to conclude that the bodies could be linked to the famous episode of the Exodus. First of all, the ancient soldiers seem to have died on dry ground, since no  traces of boats or ships have been found in the area. The positions of the bodies and the fact that they were stuck in a vast quantity of clay and rock, implie that they could have died in a mudslide or a tidal wave.

The shear number of bodies suggests that a large ancient army perished on the site and the dramatic way by which they were killed, both seem to corroborate the biblical version of the Red Sea Crossing, when the army of the Egyptian Pharaoh was destroyed by the returning waters that Moses had parted. This new find certainly proves that there was indeed an Egyptian army of large size that was destroyed by the waters of the Red Sea during the reign of King Akhenaten.

The famous biblical account of the "Red Sea Crossing" was dismisseded by many scholars and historians as more symbolic than historical.

For centuries, the famous biblical account of the “Red Sea Crossing” was dismissed by most scholars and historians as more symbolic than historical.

This astounding discovery brings undeniable scientific proof that one the most famous episodes of the Old Testament was indeed, based on an historical event. It brings a brand new perspective on a story that many historians have been considering for years as a work of fiction, and suggesting that other themes like the “Plagues of Egypt” could indeed have an historical base.

A lot more research and many more recovery operations are to be expected on the site over the next few years, as Professor Gader and his team have already announced their desire to retrieve the rest of the bodies and artefacts from was has turned out to be one of the richest archaeological underwater sites ever discovered.

77 Comments on "Red Sea: Archaeologists Discover Remains of Egyptian Army From the Biblical Exodus"

    • Lorraine Dusseau | November 1, 2014 at 11:23 pm |

      I heard there were wheels founds…that the

    • Lorraine Dusseau | November 1, 2014 at 11:24 pm |

      had specific spokes and designs of the chariots wheels and “cart” part that was UNIQUE to Pharaoh’s army!

    • Praise the Lord there are evidence out there to show people that God is still on the throne.

    • Uרן Hןרדבי | November 3, 2014 at 3:59 pm |

      I wonder what Charlton Heston’s reaction would be to this discovery.

    • To Redfox007, I don’t know what Bible you’re reading, but you’re correct…Exodus 14 doesn’t have 23 verses…it has 31!

      Be careful what versions you’re reading! Anything other than KJV are counterfeit! They add and delete words which changes meaning, doctrine, and causes God’s Word to be no longer infallible! Heresy! Many of the pastor’s are not picking up on this. If they are truly Spirit-led, then why aren’t they?!

    • Thomas Hockin | November 3, 2014 at 7:28 pm |

      And this surprises you ???

    • Skywatcher…..KJV? My…..what did God do before 1611? Surely no one knew the Gospel until King James commissioned his Bible with Apocryphal included. So no one could have repented or read with understanding the Gospel UNTIL the KJV!? Thank the Lord He is greater then just the KJV!

    • @ Russ: Haha, great comment. @ Skywatcher: So are you saying that our almighty God allows miracles to be performed in his name by infidels that read a different Bible to the KJV? Please do not discourage other Christians, we are here to encourage each other and to share the load. Remember that Jesus told his disciples that whoever is not against us is for us (Mark 10:40). Skywatcher, I am not against you at all and I am not a strict advocate of KJV. Are you against me? You should think twice before sowing division.

    • The KJV version of the Bible is hardly the best. Th New World Translation Of The Holy Scriptures has been found to be the most accurate translation in the world by leading scholars.

    • Look at Romans 8:1. The NWT bible is not accurate. The last half of this verse is missing. The KJV is from the Received Texts prior to it being tampered with from the scholars of Alexrandia in early times. It is not the KJV that is accurate, it is the received texts which came from the Apostle John that is accurate. The Roman Church tried to destroy this text and burned all the eariler copies. There are many verses that have been tampered with, example..1 John 5:7 has been deleted or changed in many translation. Hope this helps in your quest for an accurate translation, God bless!

    • Mark Baylis | November 5, 2014 at 5:56 pm |

      Interesting comments re deleted or altered texts. I have become aware that in many versions of the NT the references to ‘fasting’ in Matt 17:21, Mk 9:29 & Acts 10:30 included in the KJV are missing or altered!

    • David Ifergan | November 5, 2014 at 10:04 pm |

      Nobody doubt the Bible.

    • Brandon Duet | November 5, 2014 at 11:48 pm |

      Interesting

    • Brandon Duet | November 5, 2014 at 11:56 pm |

      KJV is my favorite but it’s not perfect. Acts 12:4 the greek word ” pascha ” should have been translated ” passover ” and not ” easter “. It was translated correctly the other 28 times that this greek word appeared. Easter has it’s own greek word ” astarte “. The excuse that KJV worshipers have for this is because of the days when peter was arrested being the days of unleavened bread, but they don’t understand the feast days and the translators of KJV, i feel, have made the same mistake.

    • God parted the Red Sea! Not Moses. Moses was merely a vessel for God to use.

    • Why do you bring your theological arguments to the table? Show the world that you are incompetent by arguing amongst yourselves.

      The Holy Spirit doesnt speak in old English, or in any specific language at all..

      The Bible in one word… Love
      Are you doing that here?

    • The King James Version is the least credible, king James had Gods name removed over 7,ooo times and made sure his name is what stands out and it does, The “King James” Version…

    • ISA scripture for all is an exellent Bible. Free to download

    • @Karen, The New World Translation had no Greek or Hebrew scholars working on it’s translation. It’s just a tool of The Watchtower Society to mislead people.

    • Noah’s Ark will be found next!!Awesome..

    • No translation is perfect.
      But the Textus Receptus is tried and tested!

      The NWT uses sinaticus and vaticanus manuscripts that themselves in comparision clearly dumbdown the deity of the Jewish Messiah.

      Rabinical teaching even testifies to a devine Messiah…

      Also interesting to note that according to pg 9 of the forward to ‘The Kingdom interlinear translation of the greek scriptures’ (basis for the NWT), we are told that this translation was made by jesuit scholars Jose Maria Bover and A. Merk!!!

    • @ Karen. What happens if you choose to use a different Bible translation other than the NWT in your presentations at the K. Hall or in house to house. Do you have the freedom to choose? Are you allowed to read anything at all that criticizes your literature or leaders?

    • Dianne Pressley | November 8, 2014 at 7:50 am |

      Why is it so important to argue over translations of the Bible? Gods word will be carried out and completed no matter what anybody thinks. Instead of debating over versions of the Bible, we should be praying that more lives be saved by our witness. What kind of witness are we if we can do nothing but argue?

    • Barbara A. Miller | November 8, 2014 at 8:06 pm |

      I love this “discovery”. I know that they also discovered remnants of a chariot from the Red Seas …

    • @ Lillian: AMEN!! Praise Lord!!

    • Pastor T Kolb | November 10, 2014 at 3:47 pm |

      Lets all take a biblical step back and not limit the abilities of Jehovah God to seek out the pure intent of a heart and do great things. He does not look at the translation but looks for the transformation my sweet Brothers and Sisters!

    • Great to read about this discovery. The Bible will always be found to be 100% correct historically.

      I am kind of wondering what translation is the correct one for people who speak other languages. If you don’t read English, you can’t read the KJV.

    • Sophia TheresaMarie | November 13, 2014 at 2:14 am |

      Our God reigns!

    • there were rules fo the scribes when writing the holy word, check on that and then decide

    • rolf grayson | November 16, 2014 at 1:09 am |

      great! has it been verifies? this is not the first time certain bible stories came to live through archeological discoveries congrats.

    • This was discovered at least 2 yrs ago, I ordered and watched the dvd. It had no bones but had chariots all covered in seaweed and you could clearly see the wheel shape. why is this only coming out on mainstream media now?

    • Yuda Ben-Levi Jangala | December 2, 2014 at 10:02 am |

      Lose the Charleston Heston impersonation of the Black Hebrew Moses, the white guys were still in Europe

    • Just a point of information. All modern translations of scripture have only been translated once. To modern English from the original Greek for the New Testament. For the Old Testament it is translated from the original Hebrew Scriptures.

    • Isn’t it an oak ? nothing new on official egyptian site :last new is dated of 2010 !!!

    • You need to read from the Hebrew Scriptures, not the translations in the christian bible

    • Joe Bateman | January 8, 2015 at 12:07 am |

      I agree with the person below with the Hebrew letters. I’m wondering what Charlton would think of all this? Also, to those in the discussion below about Bible versions: I carry the KJV–that’s the Bible that Jesus carried!

    • Michael Sandoval | January 10, 2015 at 8:16 am |

      Halleluyah YHVH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Wunderschöne Befund!!!

    • I found it on google when I looked up the pharaoh rameses and he died in the waters of the red sea itself when moses splitted the sea in two parts but he had god’s help to split the red sea according to the bible that he did bring out the Hebrews from Egypt out under the hand of pharaoh and into the promised land that god had provived for them but moses can’t enter but only the children of the Hebrews have to enter accept for their parents which they died before entering and their children entered in until the death of moses and aaron which it happened

    • The Book of Mormon was only translated once. The KJV is the most accurate. The most important part is what happened and what we are to do. Live good lives, worship God the Father, follow Jesus Christ, and listen and obey the Holy Ghost. Exact verbiage is not important. When we get nit picky we are reverting to the law of Moses.

    • I had a dream about a red sea filled with skeletons when I was 13. I was saved from it. I wonder what it means & if anyone else has had such dreams.

  1. Wonder if they found chariots without wheels? The Bible says that God caused the wheels to fall off the Egyptian chariots to slow them down so they didn’t catch up to the Israelites.

    • But if the chariots had no wheels, they can’t even reach the red sea. Ain’t nobody gonna carry a chariot, it would only slow them down.

    • abca-the wheels fell off in the middle of what would have been the red sea, so that they could not retreat or continue pursuit

    • Exodus 13:25 actually says that the lord clogged their chariot wheels. It doesn’t say that their wheels fell off.

    • Exodus 14:25 (NASB)
      25 He caused their chariot wheels to swerve, and He made them drive with difficulty; so the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from Israel, for the LORD is fighting for them against the Egyptians.”

    • First off, Exodus 13 does Not have 25 verses.

      Secondly, when God says He did something, it is not that He did it differently than is said in His Word.

      Exodus 14:25 And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians. (KJV)

      “Took off”

      H5493
      שׂוּר סוּר
      sûr śûr
      soor, soor
      A primitive root; to turn off (literally or figuratively): – be [-head], bring, call back, decline, depart, eschew, get [you], go (aside), X grievous, lay away (by), leave undone, be past, pluck away, put (away, down), rebel, remove (to and fro), revolt, X be sour, take (away, off), turn (aside, away, in), withdraw, be without.

      Note, nothing about mudding them up. It was dry ground.

    • One translation says the wheels got bogged down in the mud. They got stuck so bad that when they trid to pull out, the wheels came off the chariots. They didn’t have Timken™ bearings on them.

    • Look on the Ron Wyatt site. It’s easily accessible on You Tube. He will show, from many years ago, how he discovered these artefacts along with the of a chariot totally covered in coral. There were even horse hooves. He also discovered the city of Sodham and Gomorrah. Check it out. It’s amazing and In so pleased that finally this evidence is coming to light

    • As I recall, the Bible said that the wheels got mired in the mud and got stuck.

    • griffin salima | November 3, 2014 at 9:06 am |

      Exodus 14
      vs 23. The Egyptians went in after the Israelis in the midist of the sea.
      vs 25 then the wheels were taken off whilst pursuing Israel in the midst of the sea.

    • The Hebrew word is He disabled “yasar יָּסַר ” the wheels of their chariots… and made them drive heavily! Sounds like the wheels might have been clogged up, maybe by mud!!!!

    • in hebrew it says wheel, one wheel, not two that they will drive slowly and in difficutly.

    • This is NOT a new discovery! There was a documentary on TV about 15 years ago, showing the wheels, and commenting on how far the current had taken the wheels away from the chariots, etc. It was very exciting back then. I don’t know why they’re presenting this as a new find today…

      Back 48 years ago, I also saw another documentary, showing Noah’s ark inside and out!!! The cages were extremely exciting to see because they were made with utmost primitive doweling!

      As a 7 year old, it made a most tremendous impression upon me for the credibility of the Bible because I was just learning about Noah’s flood in Sunday school! I was recently talking with another man who remembered seeing that same documentary made by Natural Geographic!

    • Yes! Many years ago, they did find chariots without the wheels on them! They found much more also! National Geographic had a wonderful documentary about it about 15 years ago!

    • If we are going to argue about the correct version of the Bible, the ORIGINAL HEBREW (since Moses wrote it in Hebrew) says “He caused the wheels of their chariots to break off so they could move only with difficulty.” ‘Nuf said about that.

      But this find is truly interesting, since archeology has never DISPROVED the Bible.

    • I agree with Karen.The New Worlds Translation of the Holy Scriptures is the best!

    • davis668597 | November 5, 2014 at 1:18 pm |

      Unfortunately, Ron Wyatt was a fraud. Almost all of his “finds” have been disproven.

    • I wish the Watchtower headquarters in Brooklyn would name the Bible scholars which consider their New World Translation to be the world’s best.

    • I agree with Karen about New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures. You can ask Jehovah’s Witness to get it for yourself to read. Or you check JW.org.

    • At apologeticsindex.org, What Greek Scholars think of New World Translation, 15 Scholars claim the Jehovah’s Witnesses Bible, the New Word Translation is a “Frightful mistranslation.”

    • Elvis’s gold cadillac was found as well. How about that?

    • I like it!!Good for you!!

    • Exodus14;23-25 clearly states the egyptians pursued them into the MIDST of the sea,then removed their chariot wheels…..

    • He so clogged their chariot wheels that they drove on only with difficulty, which made the Egyptians say, ‘Let us flee from Israel, for Yahweh is fighting on their side against the Egyptians!’

    • E.M.O. de Raad | November 8, 2014 at 4:06 pm |

      In my Dutch Bible Translation (Netherlands Bible Society from 1951) the text of Exodus 14: 25 is translated as follows: God did that the wheels from the Egyptian chariots were clogged up and they had difficulty to go on and the Egyptians said: Let us flight…..
      In my poor English I tried to explain the text.
      In my opinion it is better to reflect on the wonders God has wrought for His people and is doing also in our time. This is my experience.

    • Yuda Ben-Levi Jangala | December 2, 2014 at 10:03 am |

      Chapter and Verse please?

  2. I know I’ve seen an article before about them already finding chariot wheels. I thought maybe this article was going to mention it but it didn’t.

  3. This is Awesome!, There should also be horse remains…….

    • Mickey was thinking the same thing, they say they found wheels, human bones, but there were many horses pulling those chariots, where are the bones of the horses.Nothing has ever been said about that.
      And by the way Dwight witnesses can use any version of the Bible that they want to. Many people we talk to do not have the NWT so we will use any Bible they have.

    • I am sorry Flo, I should have kept my comment to Dwight separate from my comment to you.
      Several comments back Dwight was asking the question if witnesses could use any Bible and I was giving an answer to him, that we can use any Bible we want to.

  4. Is that a fact | October 30, 2014 at 10:49 pm | Reply

    Exodus 14:25 (KJV)
    25 And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians.
    **It is EXo. 13, And the word for remove used here means, wait for it… REMOVE

    • Dale Brueggemann | October 31, 2014 at 7:32 pm |

      The present Hebrew has יָּסַר (yasar), “and he/it turned aside,” i.e., the wheels fell off. The Septuagint, Samaritan Pentateuch, and Syriac suggest that the original Hebrew may have been אָסַר (‘asar, “to bind”), “clogged,” i.e., in the wet sand.

    • Thank you for posting the KJV and the Hebrew meaning!

    • I don’t know how to make Hebrew fonts in this post, but the Hebrew term used in the Masoretic text means “turn aside,” “turn away” or “depart.” It can mean “remove” in some cases, and apparently the KJV translators felt it meant that in this context. Dale Brueggemann correctly points out that the Samaritan Pentateuch, the LXX and the Syriac all use terms that suggest the wheels were “bogged” or “jammed,” perhaps in the damp sand.

    • Yuda Ben-Levi Jangala | December 2, 2014 at 10:05 am |

      The English translation is interesting in so much that the text sought to drive on the loosening of the wheels as they are not driveable without wheels

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