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Biblical Plagues Due To ‘Climate Change’

A Gaia-shake bit of news we almost missed, via the UK’s Telegraph:

Biblical plagues really happened say scientists

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

By Richard Gray, Science Correspondent
27 Mar 2010

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.

The city appears to have been abandoned around 3,000 years ago and scientists claim the plagues could offer an explanation.

Climatologists studying the ancient climate at the time have discovered a dramatic shift in the climate in the area occurred towards the end of Rameses the Second’s reign.

By studying stalagmites in Egyptian caves they have been able to rebuild a record of the weather patterns using traces of radioactive elements contained within the rock.

They found that Rameses reign coincided with a warm, wet climate, but then the climate switched to a dry period.

Professor Augusto Magini, a paleoclimatologist at Heidelberg University’s institute for environmental physics, said: "Pharaoh Rameses II reigned during a very favourable climatic period.

"There was plenty of rain and his country flourished. However, this wet period only lasted a few decades. After Rameses’ reign, the climate curve goes sharply downwards.

"There is a dry period which would certainly have had serious consequences."

The scientists believe this switch in the climate was the trigger for the first of the plagues.

The rising temperatures could have caused the river Nile to dry up, turning the fast flowing river that was Egypt’s lifeline into a slow moving and muddy watercourse.

These conditions would have been perfect for the arrival of the first plague, which in the Bible is described as the Nile turning to blood.

Dr Stephan Pflugmacher, a biologist at the Leibniz Institute for Water Ecology and Inland Fisheries in Berlin, believes this description could have been the result of a toxic fresh water algae.

He said the bacterium, known as Burgundy Blood algae or Oscillatoria rubescens, is known to have existed 3,000 years ago and still causes similar effects today.

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.

This, according to the scientists, could have led in turn to the fifth and sixth plagues – diseased livestock and boils.

Professor Werner Kloas, a biologist at the Leibniz Institute, said: "We know insects often carry diseases like malaria, so the next step in the chain reaction is the outbreak of epidemics, causing the human population to fall ill."

Another major natural disaster more than 400 miles away is now also thought to be responsible for triggering the seventh, eighth and ninth plagues that bring hail, locusts and darkness to Egypt.

One of the biggest volcanic eruptions in human history occurred when Thera, a volcano that was part of the Mediterranean islands of Santorini, just north of Crete, exploded around 3,500 year ago, spewing billions of tons of volcanic ash into the atmosphere.

Nadine von Blohm, from the Institute for Atmospheric Physics in Germany, has been conducting experiments on how hailstorms form and believes that the volcanic ash could have clashed with thunderstorms above Egypt to produce dramatic hail storms…

The cause of the final plague, the death of the first borns 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…

Their carbon sandal-prints are to blame.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, March 29th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “Biblical Plagues Due To ‘Climate Change’”

  1. jobeth says:

    My view is just because God can and often does use miracles it doesn’t mean he won’t use natural forces (THAT HE CREATED) to gain His wishes.

  2. DANEgerus says:

    That would be the man caused “Global Warming” that wouldn’t happen for another 3400 years?

  3. GetBackJack says:


    I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised by the mind boggling Biblical-ignorance among what passes for ‘scientists’ today … but the plagues weren’t just some random blowback from Nature, or even some kind of random vengeance from the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob.

    Each plague was specific. Each targeted. Exact. And unique to annihilating Egyptian faith in their faux-gods. Each plague was directed at a different and particular Egyptian false-deity. Ten plagues emasculating ten gods.

    That these ‘scientists’ never considered that the Biblical account might have merit is laughable. That they wouldn’t first do their homework is par for the course these days.

    But that they can call themselves ‘scientists’ and the MSM lets them get away with it without a calamitous mocking is evidence just how far the hog is in the tunnel.

    • David says:

      The fact that this is being published a few days before Passover strongly suggest to me that neither the “scientists” nor this writer are ignorant. They are purposeful mockers attempting to give the mass of ignorant some one-liner jabs at those Jews and Christians who will be celebrating the redemptive (not vengeful) power of our God.

    • GetBackJack says:

      Probably 100% right.

      After all, the Timeline we’re in now does call for Jude 1:18 – How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.

    • jobeth says:

      David, I think you are right about the timing.

      This particular theory has been shown for at least a year or two on TV.
      I THINK on the History Channel (or the History Intl ) if my memory serves me.

      These two channels often run stories on Biblical subjects. Its almost funny at how off the wall they get sometimes…then I remember how many people they mislead with their nonsense. That’s NOT funny.

      Typical of the progressive left, when they take truth and mix it up with secular “scholarly” theory as if it was provable fact.

      Sort of like evolution. Like the time they took a bone and created a whole animal/human.

      They throw around millions of years like it was nothing.

      Sort of like what killed the dinosaurs. You know the asteroid that selectively killed certain species and left the rest. (go figure that one out)

  4. proreason says:

    Don’t be tricked by the nuts.

    The planet did indeed warm after the last Ice Age, which ended about 10,000 years ago. That’s the natural cycle the planet is in and it could continue through several more iterations.

    Whether or not there has been warming in the last 9,000, 5,000, or 500 years isn’t known with certainty because cave men didn’t have thermometers, and the other “records” (like tree rings and ice cores) simply do not record temperatures. They do record things like the chemical composition of the air in that part of the world where the trees grew or the ice formed. But chemistry is not temperature. When the nutter scientists say they know the temperature 500 years ago, they are just making a lot of assumptions that are frequently reinterpreted or proven false.

    In any event, there is no question there has been warming since the last Ice Age, so don’t deny it.

    What should be denied is whether or not man’s activities are having a material impact. They might, but it isn’t known with anything close to certainty. The science is flawed for two main reasons. a) the measurements are simply garbage, and b) it isn’t possible to run experiments with “the earth”. The greenhouse effect is a theory that isn’t proven and is highly contested. It may never be proveable. What are they going to do to prove it?

    So, be neutral about whether the planet is warming or not, but recognize we are in an inter-galactic period. Also be neutral about mankind’s impact. The point is that the science IS NOT settled and the measurements are garbage, not that people have no impact.

    Then if they call you a denier, you can say you are only denying the obvious flaws in their theories. Tell them to go back and eliminate the rigged data and hidden assumptions and really let the theories be challenged and debated. Then, after there has been a genuinely honest scientific analysis come back with some supportable conclusions.

    • proreason says:

      And as for the plagues, the Bible is the best history book ever.

      Not that it is 100% accurate, but over and over, the events of the Bible have been proven to be factually based.

      But the texts were written to educate a population, not as history, so the authors interpreted events in ways to make moral points.

      Moreover, the authors didn’t have the understanding of natural phenomenon that we have today, so they understood many events to be acts of God (and what events are not?) rather than natural occurences. Nothing wrong with that. We still do it today.

      Chances are most of the plagues did indeed occur and were rare natural events, but they probably occured over a longer timeframe than the Bible suggests. And there was a lot of literary license applied as well.

      So it seems to me that the Bible should be viewed as true on several levels. It’s true as a chronicle of actual events, but interpreted with a different filter than we have today. And it’s true as a revelation of religious truth for Jews and Christians. And it’s true as moral guidelines for ancient people who didn’t have the communication devices we have today.

  5. Reality Bytes says:

    “Naturally” – didn’t he play shortstop for St. Louis?

  6. conservativecanuck says:

    There is more factual evidence to believe in our God today than there has ever been. Each time “scientists” are forced to face scripture that they must conclude is accurate, they are compelled to find a “scientific” reasoning rather than a theological one. There are more scientists and cosmologists turning to faith and believe now than ever before. Damn that Einstein, what an inconvenient truth.

  7. The Redneck says:

    Wait a minute–did capitalism even exist back then? Has it been destroying the planet retroactively?

  8. pwhit says:

    If the 10 plagues were a result of natural causes (global warming) why, then, weren’t the Hebrew people affected by them?
    If your argument is that they were affected by them, why then did the Egyptians simply allow their slave-labor force to just leave Egypt?
    Remember that at that time the Eygyptians were a very religious people. They had many god’s. If you will investigate their god’s at time in history you’ll find that the 10 plagues were individual assualts on 10 of ancient Egypt’s god’s. The final plague, the death of the first born, was an assualt on Egypt’s cheif god, Pharoh. His first born son died as you may remember.
    By exploring the facts without allowing preconceived biases to blind us, the only rational conclusion is that a supreme God performed these acts. Whatever name you chose to call that God, it was not “mother nature.”

  9. AcornsRNutz says:

    I love stuff like this because it blows holes in some lib-tard argument no matter how you slice it. Science is god (atheism)? I can use this articel against that. Global warming man-made” Check, also workable, but I’d rather go after the atheist argument myself. I don’t care what folks believe, but I am sick and tired of being told because I don’t believe that science has proved a negative I am somehow ignorant and backwards. That argument falls flat on its face by that line of reasoning alone.

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