The Earth swallows Korah, Dathan and Abiram

Earthquakes In The Bible

Earthquakes can cause catastrophic loss of life and devastate buildings of all sizes. Is it possible to discover evidence for an earthquake that happened in the distant past? Today, modern scientific methods coax the Earth into giving up her secrets. New fields of archeology and geology have revealed convincing evidence of ancient earthquakes and astonishingly, may even have illuminated a couple of well known earthquakes from the Bible.

A number of earthquakes are recorded in the Bible. In most cases, these are not natural events but manifestations of divine power. The inauguration of the Mosaic law covenant at Mount Sinai was accompanied by a fear-inspiring earthquake and possibly even volcanic action (Exodus 19:18). The rebel Levite Korah, along with his co-conspirators were executed by means of what may have been a divinely sent earthquake (illustrated above): Continue reading

The village of Sulam viewed from the Hill of Moreh

Where was Shulam, home of the Shulammite?

Where was Shulam, home of the beautiful Shulammite (Shulamite) maiden of the Song of Solomon?  Some have suggested that since the word Shulammite is similar to the Hebrew name Solomon, that the designation is simply an indication that she was married to Solomon. In this theory, the title Shulammite was in fact the maiden’s married name. But this would contradict the account which indicates that she never married Solomon but was returned to her true love the handsome shepherd.

Most scholars think it likely that the term “Shulammite” indicates that she was a person from Shulam, which they believe to be synonymous with Shunem, a small town in northern Israel. Supporting this view is the fact that the ancient Greek Septuagint (Vatican Manuscript No. 1209) translation of the Hebrew scriptures calls the girl the “Sunamite.” Also, the fourth century church historian and writer Eusebius referred to Shunem as Shulem. Continue reading

Pharoah Shishak’s Invasion in Archeology

Shishak

Outer photo by the UCLA Digital Karnak project, (CC BY-NC-SA 2.5).

Post 15 – As recorded in 2 Chronicles chapter 12 (and 1 Kings 14:25), early in the reign of King Rehoboam, the newly separate Kingdom of Judah is invaded by Shishak of Egypt. Is there any evidence for this in the archeological record? On the wall of the temple of Amon-Ra in Karnak Egypt, there is a Continue reading

King Solomon’s Chariot Cities

Megiddo and Gates

Photos by author except for bottom right. Photo Credit: Mboesch (CC BY-SA 4.0) Wikimedia Commons

Post 13 – The building projects of King Solomon, this week in #weeklybiblereadingarcheology. In addition to building the Temple, 2 Chronicles 1:14 speaks of Solomons “chariot cities”. 1 Kings 9:15-17 states that Solomon Continue reading

King Pul (Tiglath-Pilaser III)

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Photos by author.

Post 4 – These 3 wall reliefs are on display at the British Museum. This is the mighty Assyrian king Tiglath-Pilaser III (Bottom left) also known as Pul (2 Kings 15:19), which was apparently his birth name. The Assyrian empire was greatly expanded during his reign. He invaded the northern 10 tribe Kingdom Continue reading

Jehu and Jezebel

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(Left) Photo {{PD}} Wikimedia Commons. (Top Right) Photo by author. (Bottom Right) Photo Credit: Zev Radovan. Collection Israel Museum.

Post 3 – Jehu and Jezebel. From this weeks Bible reading, 2 Kings 9-11. At the British Museum (Left), the Black Obelisk of the Assyrian king Shalmaneser III. It contains the earliest depiction of an Israelite king (Jehu) paying tribute to the Assyrian king (Close up, top right). Although this event is not Continue reading