A recent article in the St. Petersburg Times reported that the parting of the Red Sea as written about in the Bible, may have had a scientific explanation relating to the speed of winds and tides. Ufological connections have also been used to explain the miraculous event that happened during the Jewish exodus from Egypt (pictured in the painting by Markovich).
In Barry H. Downing's 1990 article Did a UFO Part the Red Sea? published in UFO Magazine(1), he suggests that the "pillar of cloud of fire" that guided the Jews may have actually been a cigar shaped or cylindrical UFO, the inhabitants of which communicated directly with Moses. Echoing the author Morris Jessup, Downing writes "the exodus UFO moved to a position directly under the Red Sea, turning on its propulsion system to high force." The system's electromagnetic nature could yield a force field, "which would create the reported effect of straight walls which so amazed the Jews," Downing theorized.