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Posted by abeodbart March 31, 2010 at 11:22 am


“The Biblical plagues that devastated Ancient Egypt in the Old Testament were the result of global warming and a volcanic eruption, scientists have claimed.

Researchers believe they have found evidence of real natural disasters on which the ten plagues of Egypt, which led to Moses freeing the Israelites from slavery in the Book of Exodus in the Bible, were based.

But rather than explaining them as the wrathful act of a vengeful God, the scientists claim the plagues can be attributed to a chain of natural phenomena triggered by changes in the climate and environmental disasters that happened hundreds of miles away.

They have compiled compelling evidence that offers new explanations for the Biblical plagues, which will be outlined in a new series to be broadcast on the National Geographical Channel on Easter Sunday.

Archaeologists now widely believe the plagues occurred at an ancient city of Pi-Rameses on the Nile Delta, which was the capital of Egypt during the reign of Pharaoh Rameses the Second, who ruled between 1279BC and 1213BC.”

Read more at The Telegraph (thanks, KirstyJ)

March 31, 2010 at 11:38 am

Well that changed my passover celebrations all together now hasn’t it :)

I don’t mind, I am one of the few people who believe in everything until proven otherwise.
Still, the ten plagues story was kinda funky to tell and imagine as a kid, much less scarier then global warming issues which are about to smack us in the face.

Either way
Thanks Derren for waking up my brain


March 31, 2010 at 12:37 pm
Other Paul says:

What, you don’t think God’s clever enough to “trigger changes in the climate and [cause] environmental disasters to happen hundreds of miles away”? He’s subtle y’know.

And I’m not serious.

(Just in case.)

March 31, 2010 at 1:40 pm
Loud78 says:

@Sharron Levy

Given that you ‘believe everything until proven otherwise’, does that mean you believe, for example, that Bertrand Russel’s celestial teapot orbits the sun, until someone proves it doesn’t?

That sounds kinda crazy. The burden of proof lies soley with the claimant, it’s actually impossible to prove the non-existence of something!

March 31, 2010 at 1:59 pm
Aazell says:

I’m sure I watched a documentary several years ago that explained how each plague could quite easily have been a direct effect of the previous one with the whole lot being kicked off by some kind of natural disaster.

Pretty sure it was on the Discovery channel!

Old news dude!

March 31, 2010 at 2:10 pm
Jess xxx says:

I’ve heard about this theory before. The climate change was apparently triggered by a massive volcanic eruption, which caused hurricanes (raining frogs and fishes – the same thing happened in America years ago after a hurricane which swept up frogs and fishes from lakes and the sea,) and flooding (flooding of the Nile would have attracted flies and mosquitoes, which would have brought disease, killing off cattle, and causing the boils and sores in humans.)

Really interesting theory. They think the same sort of thing could explain the story of Sodom and Gomorrah (the ruins of which they think are under the Dead Sea in Jordan.)

March 31, 2010 at 2:25 pm
mrtotes says:

It’s easy to imagine that people would recount the time when the water supply was contaminated (Plague of Blood), this might lead to frogs leaving their normal habitat (Plague of Frogs) and that this contamination might cause skin disorders on men and kill many livestock nearby leading to lice and flies and so on.

Changing the topic slightly. People’s worlds were pretty small then too. Recall the scenes of the 2007 floods in the UK; someone who had no access to the media or a proper context of how large the world is could be forgiven for thinking this went event was occurring everywhere in the world, same with fires in California or hurricanes in New Orleans.

I’m confident that the vast majority of the bible has a basis in the truth, but in no way does this prove a divine creator

March 31, 2010 at 2:38 pm
Peter says:

Hm, but God controls the weather and climate, doesn’t he? He’s God, the force behind all ..
No, I don’t believe in that, but I’m sure that that would be with what anyone who does believe in a God will come up with ofcourse.
I do believe that plagues in the past and nowadays ofcourse are being created by natural causes .. that’s life. When temperature rises (a few years with hot summers) you already see a change in insects, mice and such, size, behaviour etc..So if only a small change does that, over a rather short period … Lots of examples all over the place. I haven’t been too busy with plagues way back in the past, nor with the bible (would def. not start my research based on things written in the bible, but it did trigger a few minds here and there. You can’t stop wondering then.

March 31, 2010 at 2:56 pm
_JonBaxter_ says:

Yet another batch of God’s CV entries brought into question. Few more and we can start reviewing the holy tax exemption status.

March 31, 2010 at 3:00 pm
BeamStalk says:

They are putting the cart before the horse. There is no evidence that the entire Hebrew nation was in Egypt as slaves or that the character Moses existed. First they need to prove that Hebrew slaves were in Egypt and escaped, then they can start trying to explain the so called plagues. There is no evidence when this all supposedly even occurred. Exodus is a fairy tale, it starts off ‘Once upon a time, in a land far far away, there was an evil King.’

March 31, 2010 at 3:34 pm
Rob says:

The historical accuracy of certain sections of the bibble (sic) is often used by my christian friends to prove the absolute truth of the rest of the book. It is not at all surprising that certain sections of this book are accurate. I wrote a poem called ‘lies’ that says that
‘lies hang like rotten fruits
On slender dew-dropped threads of truth
in the great tree of knowing’
and so on.
The threads of truth confuse the believer, blinding their eyes to the whopping lies.

March 31, 2010 at 4:29 pm
Badger3k says:

This hypothesis comes around every few years, and the trend started (I think) a few hundred years ago – trying to explain the “miracles” through science. The last one was the idea that the plagues were caused by volcanic eruption (this was the horrible Simcha Jacobovici mockumentary – sorry, the guy is a pseudoarchaeological hack). The best evidence we have is that the Plagues originated with an Egyptian story from around 2000+ BCE (can’t recall the papyrus right now). Maybe this time there is actual evidence, but until it sees print in a peer reviewed journal, I’d take this news story with a pillar of salt. From the article, it sounds like its just a bunch of people saying – “it could have happened this way.”

March 31, 2010 at 5:19 pm
spiderabc1 says:

Something interesting to watch on sunday, perhaps followed by The Reaping. National Geographic should be on freeview though I’m not going to start praying. At least climate change etc is real. Aargh!

March 31, 2010 at 6:20 pm
Rhian says:

This theory was taught to us in RE lessons about 25 years ago. Apparently it was the Reed Sea that was parted and not the Red Sea too.

March 31, 2010 at 7:05 pm
JoJo says:

Aazell I think I watched the same one. The show explained the death of the first born which was linked to a reaction of minerals causing gases to rise from a near by lake. The first born would have slept on the floor and so would have died. Another it tried to explain the parting of the sea, it detailed what would happen when a tsunami struck causing the sea line to recede then come thundering back killing thousands.

I liked how they applied logic but I am still a wee bit of a sceptic.

March 31, 2010 at 9:50 pm
Alyx says:

Why do some “scientists” keep trying to find vague explanations for things wrote in the bible..? It’s all a load of tripe, there’s no need for money to go into this kinda thing..

March 31, 2010 at 9:54 pm
Harry says:

There may be plausible causes for the plagues but this does not prove that there was an exodus of Israelites. No evidence whatsoever has been found to support this exodus.

April 1, 2010 at 4:57 am
Badger3k says:

JoJo – the “logic” was really horrible though – first borns slept on the floor – everyone? Even the animals? The Israelites were spared because they didn’t? Its rubbish. The original is from the “Admonitions of a (or the?) sage” if I recall correctly, an Egyptian papyrus from 15-1600 BCE (again, going by old memories) which was believed to extend backwards from an origin during one of the breaks in the kingdoms (or earlier, I think I recall reading some thought it went back beyond 3000 BCE, but I don’t know how they arrived at this).

This whole “let’s find (semi-)plausible scientific explanations for the myths” goes back to a Christian group that wanted to give better reasons for their beliefs. I can’t recall the name of the group or movement. Before anyone wants to posit an (tbc)

April 1, 2010 at 4:59 am
Badger3k says:

explanation for the plagues, they need to show evidence that the plagues happened. So far, the evidence is pretty much…nothing but the bible. Surprise, surprise, surprise.

April 1, 2010 at 9:43 am
Fosca says:

Yeah, James Cameron produced a documentary in 2006 that came to the same conclusion, called ‘The Exodus Decoded’


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