I'm currently taking a class on the literature of the Old Testament/ Hebrew Bible (so bear with me everyone because I'll be posting a lot of questions that this academically-minded class is raising in me).
In one of the texts we're reading as a supplement to the Scripture in this class, I saw that in Exodus, the Hebrew phrase used to describe the Red Sea is "Yam Sup" (missing the accent over the u there). According to this text- A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible by John C. Collins- that phrase is better translated as "Sea of Reeds," not the Red Sea.
In addition to that, judging from the geography of the Hebrews escaping Egypt and such, it doesn't geographically make much sense for them to have gone to the Red Sea to escape the Egyptians.
So why does our tradition persist in saying that Moses led the Hebrews through the Red Sea? Is there other extra-biblical evidence that supports this?
(Not trying to undermine anything here... just looking for answers so that I don't end up getting confused or deceived by the nonreligious perspective of this class).