JoAnn Borovicka, “Ten Plagues of the Exodus in the Light of the Bahá’í Writings”

Sunday, January 14, 2018

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Many modern archaeological studies in Egypt and Israel point out that there is no material evidence of the biblical plagues of Egypt or the Exodus itself, strongly suggesting that these accounts are not based on historical fact. However, Bahá’u’lláh and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá sometimes refer to elements of the Exodus story. How are these references to be understood? When Bahá’u’lláh and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá mention the Exodus—when They enter this traditional discourse—are They confirming the historicity of that biblical story or is there another explanation?

In this program JoAnn Borovicka will (1) present Bahá’í teachings regarding the significance of the story of the Exodus and the plagues of Egypt, (2) examine Bahá’í guidance about how to understand passages in which the Central Figures enter a traditional discourse, and (3) demonstrate through the Bahá’í Writings how the biblical story of the Exodus is highly relevant today.

JoAnn Borovicka began a Bahá’í/Bible research project in 1999 with a threefold purpose: to collect questions related to the Bible that were of great interest to Bahá’ís as well as to Christians, Jews, and members of other religions, to find Bahá’í teachings related to those questions, and to make this information easily accessible. Hundreds of workshops, thousands of conversations, and many surprises later, her research was published in 2016 as Light of the Kingdom: Biblical Topics in the Bahá’í Writings, an introductory compilation of Bahá’í teachings on biblical subject matter that combines superb scholarship with remarkable brevity. JoAnn has also had numerous papers on Bahá’í/Bible themes published in the Lights of Irfan series. In her secular work, JoAnn is an educational consultant specializing in dialogue methods of education, a profession that has taken her across the United States as well as abroad working with schools and universities as well as organizations such as Global Learning Partners, the John F. Kennedy Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity. She and her husband, Mike, live in Greenville, South Carolina. Website:

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