Over the past several months I have been researching the biblical Ten Plagues of Egypt for a personal writing project. Specifically, I have been looking at how the story of the plagues were a description of a power encounter between God Almighty and the gods of ancient Egypt.
Looking online I discovered this book by Siro Igino Trevisanato, a molecular biologist, that looked very interesting – a glance at the book via Google reader showed a lot of references to various gods.
Sadly enough, when I read the book it turns out that Trevisanato’s discussion about gods where limited to the gods of Greece and not Egypt.
Yes, the gods of Greece.
Here’s why (this is the cool part) – Trevisanato’s goal in his book “The Plagues of Egypt” was to see if there were any archaeological, historical and scientific evidence to the ten plagues as recorded in the book of Exodus. Using the process of elimination, Trevisanato comes to the conclusion that the plagues were the result of a double volcanic eruption over a period of 21 months.
The only volcano that would fit this solution is the eruption of Santorini in the Aegean Sea around 1602 and 1600 BC. Knowing that any eruption that would effect Egypt across the Mediterranean Sea would also leave a mark on surrounding area, Trevisanato looks at the ancient stories of Greece to see if there are any similarities.
Surprisingly enough, the majority of the Greek stories about the creation of their gods correlate with the eruption and aftermath of the double eruption of Santorini. Hence the references I saw on Google Reader to gods and the plagues.
Fascinating information – yet, not quite what I was looking for… sigh…
Oh well, at least I learned a lot ancient Egyptian rulers, military campaigns, volcanoes, and Greek gods. 😀