Unearthing Evidence of a Biblical Earthquake

Stand for Israel  |  August 5, 2021

Excavation of biblical earthquake in Jerusalem
(Photo: Ortal Kalaf/Israel Antiquities Authority)

In the very first verse of the biblical Book of Amos, we read of “the vision he saw concerning Israel two years before the earthquake, when Uzziah was king of Judah and Jeroboam son of Jehoash was king of Israel” (1:1).

Then, the prophet Zechariah mentions the same biblical disaster when he prophesies, “You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the LORD my God will come, and all the holy ones with him” (14:5).

And now, in the Holy Land, archaeologists are beginning to discover evidence of this earthquake spoken of in Scripture. The Times of Israel’s Amanda Borschel-Dan reports on archaeological excavations unearthing proof of the truth of God’s Word:

Now, for the first time, a team of Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologists in Jerusalem’s City of David report that they have found unprecedented concrete evidence of this 8th century BCE earthquake in the ancient capital.

In an upcoming research paper, the archaeologists chart, for example, that in one particular 8th century BCE structure the destruction layer did not show signs of fire, yet other factors suggested the building had been damaged in a traumatic event, apparently an earthquake. “This was most notable on the earliest floor of the southernmost room,” they write. “In this room, a row of smashed vessels was uncovered along its northern wall, above which fallen stones had been found. It appears that these stones were the upper part of the walls of the room, which had collapsed, destroying the vessels which had been set along the wall.”

Until now, the earliest destruction layer of Jerusalem comes from the Babylonian conquest of 586 BCE. For archaeologists, an earlier historical anchor — if proven through hard, securely dated evidence — serves as an important stratigraphical benchmark for scientific excavations in Jerusalem…

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