earthquakes


earthquakes
Frequently experienced in Palestine (Amos 1:1) as natural phenomena; but also earthquakes are the product of apocalyptic symbolism, such as the earthquake recorded at the time of the crucifixion (Matt. 27:51) and at the resurrection of Jesus (Matt. 28:2), perhaps even that during Paul's imprisonment at Philippi (Acts 16:26). In the Marcan Apocalypse [[➝ apocalypse]] (Mark 13:8) there is a prophecy of earthquakes, which the evangelist may regard as fulfilled at Jesus' crucifixion. Apocalyptic earthquakes are also a sign of the End (Rev. 6:12).
Legends [[➝ legend]] describing earthquakes are those when Dathan and Abiram are swallowed up (Num. 16:30–4), and the divine theophany at Sinai (Exod. 19:18).

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