|Published on September 29, 2016|
|Caribbean news now
My little nephew has told me about a play “Moses” that a church group is now having about the bible story “Exodus”. No doubt, that church group will go all out to stage the play within the context of the popular view as described in the bible, or even that popular movie, “The Ten Commandments”. However, while it is indeed possible that the exodus is based on fact, the popular accounts about the story are far from factual. Indeed, the bible itself gives clues as to what most likely could have happened.
However, there are at least two things of interest that aren’t widely known about the Exodus story. First, the story as we have come to know it was written some 800 years after the supposed events. This long time span between the supposed events and recording would have undoubtedly allowed for much embellishment. Secondly, Moses himself, if he did exist at all, was a very educated man – perhaps way ahead of his time. Notice, ironically, from the bible itself, how dismissive the Egyptian Pharaoh was when Moses threatened to turn the river Nile red “with blood” with the first plague? That was because both Moses and the Pharaoh were well aware that the Nile turning red was nothing odd. Indeed, such an event had happened before and elsewhere. In fact, just a few weeks ago, a river in Russia also turned red. Anyway, with the Nile, the lifeline of the deserted Egypt, heavily polluted, it was of very little surprise that the other plagues followed: the frogs, the flies, death of animals and even humans (the first born dying), among others. Again, notice that when Moses claimed that his god was responsible, the Pharaoh was wise enough to know that this was not the case? Indeed, he began to consider Moses as some sort of quack.
Michael A. Dingwall