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Posted by evilpete on 22 Sep 2010 at 13:04 GMT

I remember during an undergrad philosophy class my professor discussed this. He stated that in translating the old testament many things were distorted because of the lack of vowels in the language. The word that was used to become "The Nile" could've been many other bodies of water in the area, some much smaller and more narrow. He also mentioned that a European army had witnessed something similar, I'm thinking the French/Napoleon? where a river bed dried up over the course of several hours.

I'm happy to see some science to go with my ancient old professor's lecture.

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RE: Napoleon

drews replied to evilpete on 28 Sep 2010 at 14:39 GMT

I have found references to Napoleon Bonaparte himself almost drowning in the return surge from a wind setdown / tidal event, but I have yet to locate the original source. Samuel Bartlett mentions this story in his book "From Egypt to Palestine" (1879), page 182. Napoleon's near-accident apparently took place in the neighborhood of Suez.

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