BIN: ‘Scientists Finally Agree About the Earthquake in Days of Amos’

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Here is some information regarding archeology and a biblical earthquake:

Scientists Finally Agree About the Earthquake in Days of Amos But…Which One?

January 8, 2019

In its ongoing effort to catch up to the Bible, science has finally discovered evidence of the catastrophic earthquake that the prophets Amos and Zechariah described. In an article titled “Fact Checking the Book of Amos,” Haaretz explores the proof that such an earthquake did indeed occur.

King Uzziah’s reign was purported to be the most prosperous – excepting that of Jehoshaphat – since the time of Solomon. He acted properly in the early part of his reign and was considered a righteous king. Later, he became haughty due to his success. He entered Solomon’s Temple, attempting to offer up incense in an act that usurped the position of the priests. An enormous earthquake struck and Uzziah was smitten with leprosy. …

Supporting the account of the Bible is a wealth of archaeological data indicating widespread destruction in the region in the 8th Century BCE. Much of the destruction could be attributed to the conquest of the Assyrians but Prof. Wolfgang Zwickel of the University of Mainz pointed out that universal destruction does not necessarily indicate war. Any cities that submitted to a superior enemy would be spared. But if all the cities in a large area indicate simultaneous destruction levels, it is more likely the cause was a natural catastrophe like an earthquake.  …

This was further supported by findings at a dig in Hazor by Professors Israel Finkelstein and Yigal Yadin who found a level of destruction corresponding to 760 BCE. Another dig at Lachish explored by David Ussishkin found a destruction level from the same time. Acre also has a similar layer dating to the mid-eighth century BCE.

In fact, geological analyses of archaeological evidence by Kate Raphael and Amotz Agnon of Hebrew University conclude there were 11 quakes in the Bronze and Iron ages in Israel, two in the eighth century BCE. Using carbon-14 dating of organic matter found in core samples taken from the Dead Sea, scientists dated one quake to 861-705 BCE. and the second to 824-667 BCE. Prof. Zwickel suggested that the Prophet was referring to the stronger of the two.

According to Steven A. Austin, a Creationist Professor of Geology, the magnitude of this earthquake may have been at least 7.8, but more likely as high as 8.2. “This magnitude 8 event of 750 B.C. appears to be the largest yet documented on the Dead Sea transform fault zone during the last four millennia.”

Haaretz also noted that the earthquake was described by Josephus Flavius, a first-century Romano-Jewish scholar. Josephus described the earthquake as taking place during the time of King Uzziah (also referred to as Azariah), who is believed to have ruled over Judah from 787 to 736 BCE.

“A great earthquake shook the ground, and a rent was made in the temple, and the bright rays of the sun shone through it, and fell upon the king’s face; insomuch that the leprosy seized upon him immediately,” Josephus wrote. “And before the city, at a place called Eroge, half the mountain broke off from the rest on the west.” …

“At the end of the day, what we have is evidence of two strong quakes in the eighth century BCE, which support the biblical account in Amos, and Zechariah too,” Haaretz wrote. “Not that he knew of what he spake, writing so long after the event, but still.”

Here are biblical references related to earthquakes in the time of Amos and Zechariah:

1 The words of Amos, who was among the sheepbreeders of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel, two years before the earthquake. (Amos 1:1)

5 Then you shall flee through My mountain valley, For the mountain valley shall reach to Azal. Yes, you shall flee As you fled from the earthquake In the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Thus the Lord my God will come, And all the saints with You. (Zechariah 14:5)

Now, notice something from a secular source:

Fact-checking the Book of Amos: There Was a Huge Quake in Eighth Century B.C.E.

An earthquake that ripped apart Solomon’s Temple was mentioned in the Bible and described in colorful detail by Josephus – and now geologists show what really happened

It is rare to find evidence supporting the biblical narrative. 01/03/19

It should be emphasized that it is NOT “rare to find evidence supporting the biblical narrative.” Secularists and secular scholars often discount and do not accept evidence that supports what the Bible says. What is “rare,” I suppose, is when they do.

Actually, as we get closer to the end, archeologists continue to find more evidence of biblical locations, figures, and events.

Of course, for those of us who believe the Bible, no further archeological proof is needed. But for some who have heard statements from pseudo-archaeologists that deny the biblical accounts, it may be helpful for them to realize that as time goes on, more and more archaeological evidence surfaces that supports the Bible.

Here is a link to the July-September 2017 edition of Bible News Prophecy magazine. Its front cover shows an ancient stela that mentions King David, and contains more information about why true science supports the Bible.

As far as earthquakes go, Jesus said there would be earthquakes in various places (Matthew 24:7).

And Zechariah refers to a type of earthquake when Jesus returns (Zechariah 14:4; cf. Acts 1:11-12).

Anyway, as the biblical account of historical events is accurate, so are the biblical prophecies.

Believe what the Bible teaches!

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