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Robin Parry is the husband of but one wife (Carol) and the father of the two most beautiful girls in the universe (Hannah and Jessica). He also has a lovely cat called Monty (who has only three legs). Living in the city of Worcester, UK, he works as an Editor for Wipf and Stock — a US-based theological publisher. Robin was a Sixth Form College teacher for 11 years and has worked in publishing since 2001 (2001–2010 for Paternoster and 2010– for W&S).

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Ancient rabbis on the benefits of the plague of frogs

Here, according to the ancient rabbis, is one of the unexpected benefits of the plague of frogs:

The plagues that the Holy One brought upon the Egyptians were the means of establishing peace for them. How so? There had been a dispute between the Ethiopians and the Egyptians, the Egyptians claiming, “Our borders extend to here,” and the Ethiopians claiming, “No, our borders extend to here.” But when the frogs came, they made peace between them, for the frogs entered only the Egyptian territory and thus the fields
that did not belong to the Ethiopians were clearly identified (Exod. Rab. 10:2)
Thanks frogs!

For more exciting stories from the ancient rabbis be sure to check out Joel S. Allen's forthcoming book entitled Jewish Biblical Legends. It's great fun!

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