Beasts or Bugs?
Solving the Problem of the Fourth Plague
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Blood, frogs, lice, cattle disease, boils … Every spring at the Jewish holiday of Passover, the ten nasties that plagued Egypt are described in the Haggadah, the midrashic retelling of the Exodus from Egypt that is read aloud during the Passover Seder meal.
It is thus appropriate, in this April issue of BR, to raise a question that may spark some discussion among Jews (and some Christians)1 at the Seder ceremony this year: Just what is the fourth plague?

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