MemberApril 27, 2021 at 8:38 am
Hi H Family. So you don’t suppose “that the historical narrative allows for an earthquake as the cause of the Jordan River opening up”. Did Mount Sinai shake and rumble because of an earthquake? Do you countenance that maybe an earthquake was involved in the collapse of Jericho’s walls? How about Sodom and the cities of the plain? Was their destruction anything to do with lying on one of the most seismically active zones in the world? The Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth because of catastrophic tectonic events. The whole eastern half of the Southern Negev broke off from the Central Sinai Plateau and tilted to the east at some stage after major subsidence in the Arabah.* How about Korah and Co? Do you think perhaps they might have been swallowed by a fault line gaping under them? If the answer is No to all these questions, I ask why God situated the biblical lands on one of the most tectonically unstable areas in the world if He had no intention to make any use of the features he provided there? Does your eschatology involve any earthquakes?** And finally, in regard to the Jordan crossing, what about Psa 114 which alludes to the earth trembling and the hills skipping like lambs?
* Avni, Yoav, Yosef Bartov, Zvi Garfunkel, and Hanan Ginat. “Evolution of the Paran Drainage Basin and Its Relation to the Plio-Pleistocene History of the Arava Rift Western Margin, Israel.” <i style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit;">Israel Journal of Earth Science 49 (2000): 215–38.
** Zec 14:3-5 NRSV Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle. (4) On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives, which lies before Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley; so that one half of the Mount shall withdraw northward, and the other half southward. (5) And you shall flee by the valley of the LORD's mountain, for the valley between the mountains shall reach to Azal; and you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of King Uzziah of Judah. Then the LORD my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.