Is there any evidence of the 10 Plagues?
In my second post regarding the Exodus I came upon the 10 Plagues. I felt like there HAD to be evidence out there, both scientific and corroborating some of these horrible events. I break down each one and share some of the information I found.
On the website: https://www.gotquestions.org/evidence-ten-plagues.html I learned about the Ipuwer Papyrus. More information can be found at http://www.ancient-origins.net/artifacts-ancient-writings/does-ipuwer-papyrus-provide-evidence-events-exodus-006951
The Ipuwer Papyrus is an ancient Egyptian poem written on a stone papyrus that has several passages that seem to possibly have a link to several of the plagues in the Exodus.
Moses turning the Nile River to blood:
http://www.reasons.org/articles/exodus-turning-water-into-blood this site has an interesting theory that the Nile was changed to be covered in toxic red algae. I am starting to come to the mindset that all of what God does, follows laws “HE” put in place. I will compound upon this in future articles, but even the afterlife seems to follow certain properties that in in line with physics.
The Ipuwer Papyrus says, “Plague is throughout the land. Blood is everywhere” (2:5–6). “The river is blood. . . . Men shrink from tasting—human beings, and thirst after water” (2:10). “That is our water! That is our happiness! What shall we do in respect thereof? All is ruin” (3:10–13). https://www.gotquestions.org/evidence-ten-plagues.html
Frogs, Lice, & Flies:
One website http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/7530678/Biblical-plagues-really-happened-say-scientists.html explains the 10 plagues by global warming (spurred by volcanic eruptions.) They state the summoning of the frogs are explained by; “He said: “It multiplies massively in slow-moving warm waters with high levels of nutrition. And as it dies, it stains the water red.” The scientists also claim the arrival of this algae set in motion the events that led to the second, third and forth plagues – frogs, lice and flies. Frogs development from tadpoles into fully formed adults is governed by hormones that can speed up their development in times of stress. The arrival of the toxic algae would have triggered such a transformation and forced the frogs to leave the water where they lived. But as the frogs died, it would have meant that mosquitoes, flies and other insects would have flourished without the predators to keep their numbers under control.”
Pestilence & Boils:
https://www.livescience.com/58638-science-of-the-10-plagues.html explains how a disease in the area at the time could have swiftly spread throughout Egypt. The same website explains how boils and smallpox scars have been found on mummies dating back to that time.
Hail & Fire:
The Ipuwer Papyrus says, “Forsooth, gates, columns and walls are consumed by fire” (2:10). “Lower Egypt weeps. . . . The entire palace is without its revenues. To it belong [by right] wheat and barley, geese and fish” (10:3–6). “Forsooth, grain has perished on every side” (6:3). “Forsooth, that has perished which was yesterday seen. The land is left over to its weariness like the cutting of flax” (5:12). https://www.gotquestions.org/evidence-ten-plagues.html
Swarms of desert locust are not an unusual occurrence; however, they require wet soil, which attracts millions of insects to settle and lay their eggs.8 This is surely a consequence of the rain which “poured on the earth” (Exodus 9:33b, NASB) in the hailstorm.
http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/exodus/exodus-in-the-bible-and-the-egyptian-plagues/ Has an interesting article that is taken from other Egyptian texts confirming stories in the Exodus.
“Moreover, two ancient Egyptian texts provide additional support. One is relevant to the first plague, blood. In “The Admonitions of Ipu-Wer,” dated at the latest to 2050 B.C.E., the author describes a chaotic period in Egypt: “Why really, the River [Nile] is blood. If one drinks of it, one rejects (it) as human and thirsts for water.”8
The second text, known as “The Prophecy of Nefer-Rohu” dates towards the beginning of the Middle Kingdom, about 2040–1650 B.C.E.; it relates to the ninth plague, darkness: “The sun disc is covered over. It will not shine (so that) people may see … No one knows when midday falls, for his shadow cannot be distinguished.”9
The Ipuwer Papyrus says, “The land is without light” (9:11).
Killing of the Firstborns:
This one I felt would have the most evidence available to it, as it would be the most horrific to people of that time. Corroborating evidence can be found:
The Ipuwer Papyrus says, “Forsooth, the children of princes are dashed against the walls” (4:3 and 5:6). “Forsooth, the children of princes are cast out in the streets” (6:12). “He who places his brother in the ground is everywhere” (2:13). “It is groaning throughout the land, mingled with lamentations” (3:14). https://www.gotquestions.org/evidence-ten-plagues.html
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2004/novemberweb-only/11-29-52.0.html Discusses archeological evidence of a Pharaoh that possibly had his firstborn killed at a young age during that time frame.
“The cause of the final plague, the death of the firstborns of Egypt, has been suggested as being caused by a fungus that may have poisoned the grain supplies, of which male first born would have had first pickings and so been first to fall victim.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/7530678/Biblical-plagues-really-happened-say-scientists.html