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There is much scientific evidence that the sequence of events were they one after the other, were in fact due to a specific event, much as you have laid out. If the water was tainted, those relying on same including the marine inhabitants would die, therefore the blood. Dead and rotting flesh of any kind in that heat would attract plagues of insects, which would in turn attack human flesh and bring about disease etc.. The first born deaths then would be expected, although not just first born but the youngest and most susceptible.
Originally posted by Al Davison
I've been re-reading all the stories about Moses and the plagues on the Egyptians and I'm wondering if, in light of modern science, if the plagues were not some serial sequence of biological/ecological series of events that might necessarily follow each other as a course of nature...
One thing I can't glean from the stories is a good sense of the time-line - did this take days, weeks, months, years? Perhaps some of our scholars can help with this...
I'm looking for historical and scientific accounts - not whether you are a biblical literalist.
Can you in fact demonstrate the 40 year differential in terms of these plagues and why they would take this length of time, or even account for the plague timeline and Moses' 40 years of something?
Originally posted by Netchicken
Each of the plagues, represented a part of the Egyptian religious belief system.
Thats why part of them were battled by the egyptian "wizards". They were showing the power of the Israelites God (YHWH) dominance over that of the Egyptian idols.
This was deliberatly done, by God to show that he is greater than all others, and to establish his authority over any who doubted.
To reduce what is a spiritual action to that of mere scientific analysis, is to overlook the obvious and stated purpose of the plagues whilst focusing on the minutae in order to squeeze in some belief system that has no place. (Not seeing the forest for the trees, might be a better metaphor)
Just because you CAN find natural explanations for some of the events does not explain how they all happened at exactly the right time, in the correct sequence, just as Moses said.
Maybe some of them can be tied to each other if you want to draw lines, but the argument falls down at the Hail part, nad to accept the scientific explanation you have to ignore, deliberatly the extressed reason fo them happening.
The first plague - water turned to blood.
The second plague - frogs
The third plague - gnats
The fourth plague - flies
The fifth plague - death of livestock
The sixth plague - boils
The seventh plague - hail
The eighth plague - locusts
The ninth plague - darkness
The tenth plague - death of the firstborn
Originally posted by Al Davison
I'm thinking maybe "red tide"...but, I don't know if that particular natural phenomenon is possible in fresh water.
Here is another of several, the references should ring a few more bells with you.
Originally posted by Al DavisonAnother poster here, provided another reference about which I am currently still learning. Now, was this an eye-witness account? Maybe...
Here's where I started: Ipuwer site
but I certainly won't limit myself to just this one web site.