The team was working at a site in Huqoq, Israel, and uncovered two sections of a mosaic floor that revealed biblical scenes that were “instantly identifiable,” according to National Geographic.
The scenes were of Noah’s Ark and the parting of the Red Sea. The scene of the parting of the Red Sea has captured the attention of many because it shows a soldier being devoured by a huge fish.
The scene also included several fish, a horse floating upside down and soldiers with shields and spears being swept off their feet as water surrounded them.
“You can see the pharaoh’s soldiers with their chariots and horses drowning, and even being eaten by large fish,” excavation director Jodi Magness said.
The team was excavating a Roman-era synagogue, and discoveries from this period have been rare, Magness said.
“I know of only two other scenes of the parting of the Red Sea in ancient synagogues,” she explained. “One is in the wall paintings at Dura Europos (in Syria), which is a complete scene but different from ours — no fish devouring the Egyptian soldiers. The other is at Wadi Hamam (in Israel), but that’s very fragmentary and poorly preserved.”
Ark scenes from this era are also uncommon
Magness’ team also uncovered other unusual scenes in the tiles that included a Hebrew inscription, Samson and the foxes and Samson carrying the gate of Gaza on his shoulders.
While the Bible doesn’t mention any instances of giant fish eating the Pharaoh’s soldiers, the image adds a fascinating twist to the story of the parting of the Red Sea. More importantly, it supports the fact that such anincredible event was believed to have taken place even by those who lived much closer, historically, to it.
This is an amazing discovery, and it offers more evidence that the stories in the Bible are real and not just myths.