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The ‘raash’ of Uzziah

26 January 2014
Ancient history

In the very first SIS Workshop Martin Sieff had an article on the raash of Uzziah as it was described by Velikovsky in one of his books. In the King James translation of the Bible it is given as an 'earthquake' and this appears to be the general mainstream view of historians. Nothing of great moment. In Jeremiah 10:22 it is, instead, rendered as 'a great commotion out of the north' which appears to be something quite different to an earthquake. In Zechariah 14:5 it was remembered how people 'fled from before the raash in the days of Uzziah …'. Sieff asks – would people have had the time to flee prior to an earthquake? This is not to say it did not involve an earthquake as the temple itself is said to have suffered structural damage (and presumably this is why it is mentioned in the Bible, derived from temple records). 

What might people have seen to cause them to flee? What is visible that can cause an earthquake? Perhaps it was an earthquake lights display, or something like last year's Russian meteor which raced through the sky and uttered a commotion (or a lot of noise). An atmospheric explosion might well cause people to run away – the detonation would have been frightening by itself. Could that have precipitated tectonic movements on the ground to account for the structural damage to the temple?

Secondly, Sieff also noted that the King James 'hail stones' of Ex 9:18 were described by Velikovsky as 'stones of Barad'. Sieff claims these were 'meterorites'

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