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Earthquake

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Earthquakes, more or less violent, are of frequent occurrence in Palestine. The most remarkable occurred in the reign of Uzziah. (Zechariah 14:5 ) From (Zechariah 14:4 ) we are led to infer that a great convulsion took place at this time in the Mount of Olives, the mountain being split so as to leave a valley between its summit. An earthquake occurred at the time of our Saviour's crucifixion. (Matthew 27:51-54 ) Earthquakes are not unfrequently accompanied by fissures of the earth's surface; instances of this are recorded in connection with the destruction of Korah and his company, (Numbers 16:32 ) and at the time of our Lord's death, (Matthew 27:51 ) the former may be paralleled by a similar occurrence at Oppido in Calabria A.D. 1783, where the earth opened to the extent of five hundred and a depth of more than two hundred feet.

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Earthquake'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/sbd/e/earthquake.html. 1901.

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