Egyptian Stories: Parting Waters

Dear Reader,

We  have gone back in time and begun studying ancient Egyptian culture and history. Today we read a book called the Gift of the Nile. At one point in the story, the magician pile sup the waters of the Nile so a young woman can retrieve her lost golden flower which has fallen in the river. And I wonder how this relates to the biblical story of Moses (or God through Moses) parting the Red Sea. Was this parting or piling up of the waters a common motif in Egyptian stories? Does it occur in other stories? Has anybody studied it?  Seriously, if you have read any other stories where this happens (Egyptian or otherwise) drop me a note and let me know.

Disclaimer:  I do believe the Bible is truth. I do not mean to discount the veracity of the Red Sea story. But it is common to find parallels to biblical stories in other, neighboring cultures. Egypt, for example, has stories of a dying and rising God. Babylon has a flood story, etc.

Nebby

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