Boils—A Modern Take on the Plague of Egypt
Before modern science could explain ancient phenomena, people turned to religion and faith for answers. The Bible has long provided guidance for many religions, but it is often underappreciated as a historical text with insights into medical afflictions.
The Book of Exodus documents 10 biblical plagues that passed over Egypt as a form of punishment. The sixth plague fell upon the people as “festering boils [which] will break out on men and animals throughout the land.” The condition, known as Zaraath, described throughout the Bible, is commonly referred to as “leprosy.”