The witness of archaeology – Major fortified Canaanite city-state hit by earthquake

(With thanks to Brother Roger Long)

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Gezer-Stone-steles – The Gezer High Place with massebot and basin

Evidence of the earthquake in the reign of King Uzziah (Amos 1:1; Zechariah 14:5) has previously been found at places like Hazor and Gezer, but the Israel Antiquities Authority last year announced that archaeologists have now found evidence that it also affected Jerusalem. Researchers discovered a “layer of destruction” and found in the building they were excavating

“a row of shattered vessels, including bowls, lamps, cooking utensils, storage and storage jars, which were smashed as the building’s walls collapsed.”

As there was no suggestion of fire, the most likely cause was an earthquake. The excavation directors reported:

“The combination of the finds in the field together with the biblical description, led us to the conclusion that the earthquake that struck the Land of Israel during the reign of Uzziah king of Judah, also hit the capital of the kingdom – Jerusalem” (reported in All Israel News, August 5).

Based on the biblical record, there is an appropriateness about this. After all, it was in Jerusalem that King Uzziah went into the temple to usurp the authority of the High Priest and was smitten with leprosy as a result.

The witness of archaeology continues to be an encouragement to us as we move ever nearer to the return of Christ.

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