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The Ten Plagues of Egypt


Activity 1: Programme overview

Before viewing

(Class or group discussion.)

Students may find it useful to pool their existing knowledge of:

  • the Ten Plagues of Egypt and their consequences
  • the causes of epidemics in humans and animals

(Students may find it helpful to jot down key words while watching the programme, as a basis for a discussion of the programme’s underlying ideas (see ‘Background’ section).)


After viewing

(Class or group discussion.)

Discuss what the programme reveals about:

  • the value of modern methods for explaining epidemics which occurred in the past
  • how science can provide rational explanations of biblical and historical mysteries
  • how apparently unrelated events may form part of a pattern
  • the value of a multidisciplinary approach when tackling complex problems
  • how modern events can provide evidence for historical events


Activity 2: Fact or fiction?

(Group or individual activity.)

The Bible and the Ipuwer papyrus both describe what may or may not have been a sequence of real events. What evidence is there from the Book of Exodus, the rest of the Bible and modern-day science that the Ten Plagues were fact and not fiction.

Apart from the programme, other useful sources of information are:


Activity 3: Natural or supernatural?

(Group discussion or individual activity.)

According to the Bible, the Jews escaped many of the effects of the Ten Plagues which so severely afflicted the Egyptians.

Why might the Jews have felt they were saved by the hand of God? And what evidence is there that they were saved by the forces of Nature?