Ten plagues in a row? I know Easter means a lot to you and Passover to the Jews, but really? Are those plagues in any way plausible? And what is it with a god who kills all the enemy first-born? Nice guy.
Good question, since these events launched two major historical movements, there must be some fire under the smoke. What is plausible? Here is one way to look at it, well three ways really. A naturalistic explanation, an historical and an anthropological approach. They are all theories with evidence. They could all be true together?! Or none? What does ‘plausible’ mean anyway – what assumptions frame your version of the word? See what you think.
Exodus in the Bible and the Egyptian Plagues
Can we make sense of the Biblical plagues?
Biblical Archaeology Society Staff • 03/01/2015
Read Ziony Zevit’s article “Three Ways to Look at the Ten Plagues” as it originally appeared inBible Review, June 1990. The article was first republished in Bible History Daily in July 2011.—Ed.