Sunday, March 13, 2011

Level of technological development of pre-exodus Egypt

One very interesting fact that can be directly deduced from the Pentateuch, is the level of technological development of pre-exodus Egypt. I'm referring, of'course, to the 10 Plagues and the "competition" of sorts between Pharaoh's "magicians" ("sacred scribes" in some translations) and God.

The reason why it is important to understand it, is because it would help to get a glimpse not only at the technological level of Egyptian civilization, but also at the technological level of the Tabernacle and what it really represented.

Let's perform some very basic calculations that would allow us to uncover these stunning facts:

As you know from the verses of Exodus 7:14-12:51, there were ten(10) Plagues that God sent upon Egypt. However, if you would look at verses of Exodus 7:22 and Exodus 8:7, you will learn that "magicians" of Egypt could easily match God himself in creating first two(2) Plagues.

Fortunately for the Children of Israel, starting from verses of Exodus 8:18-19 we learn that Pharaos' "magicians", even though they have tried, could not recreated the rest of Plagues, and thus they had to give up. This leaves us with 8 Plagues that "magicians" could not recreate.

By doing simple calculations, we can now most certainly say that the technological development of pre-exodus Egypt was at an astounding (2/10)*100=20% of the power of God himself.

In other words, Egyptian "magicians" were only 5 (!!!) times less powerful then God. Simply amazing !

But how was it possible? How could Egyptian "magicians" achieve such incredible power? Were they not wicked men?

Well... yes they were! And that is the reason why they could not achieve all 100% of the power of God, that was later achieved by Children of Israel once they constructed The Tabernacle, and The Ark of The Covenant in particular.

Not only that, but the both Egyptian "magicians" and the Children of Israel relied upon what is today known as "science" (in general sense) that would allow them to achieve that power.

God, of'course, can undoubtedly control and outmatch any human endeavor if He would think that this is indeed needed for His divine plan (think the Tower of Babel). However, until He does, the world and God himself follow strict rules that God had set to begin with. And unless that changes, it is not beyond the capabilities of men, especially the righteous men, to achieve all this incredible power with which God endowed each and every human being from the beginning.

To wrap things up, I would like to offer you slightly modified and modernized translations of the verses of Exodus 7:11, Exodus 7:22 and Exodus 8:7 so that you can better appreciate the reasoning behind the text:

Exodus 7:11 

Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the illusionists; and the scientists of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their gadgets.

Exodus 7:22

And the scientists of Egypt did so with their gadgets: and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, neither did he hearken unto them; as the LORD had said.

Exodus 8:7

And the scientists did so with their gadgets, and brought up frogs upon the land of Egypt.

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