Friday, January 04, 2019

Amos' earthquake(s?)

I WAS EXPECTING AN EARTH-SHATTERING KABOOM: 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 (Ruth Schuster, Haaretz premium).
At the end of the day, what we have is evidence of two strong quakes in the eighth century B.C.E., which support the biblical account in Amos, and Zechariah too. Not that he knew of what he spake, writing so long after the event, but still.
For more on biblical earthquakes, see here.

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