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DID THE PATRIARCHS KNOW
OF THE ICE AGE?
Hello all you fine people out there!
There have been some big snow storms in the northern hemisphere over the last few weeks. My sister lives the northern mid-west of the United States of America and she related there was so much snow they had to use a front end loader to scrape a path through the streets! Now that’s a lot of snow! I pray that you who have been surviving such
extensive blizzards are all doing well.
Speaking of snow, I came upon an interesting question: Why didn’t the authors of the Bible write about the Ice Age? After all, they were living in it! Yes, snow and ice are mentioned in Job and Joshua but only in passing as if it wasn’t a big thing.
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Well that’s because it really wasn’t a big thing to them, for several reasons. First and foremost, the middle east was never covered under an ice sheet. As a matter of fact, only about 30% of the earth’s surface was under snow even during the glacial peak about 500 years into the Ice Age. So, though Abraham was born about 350 years after the global Flood (and about 250 years after the Ice Age began), he
would not have witnessed the great ice sheets farther north. And when people traveled over great distances it wasn’t very fast, thus noticing climatic changes would have been subtle. Also people just didn’t travel far for fear of warring tribes and nations.
Second, over one’s lifetime climatic changes just seem like, “we’ve been having some hot summers,” or, “sure had a lot of snow the past few winters.” We would not think we were in an Ice Age. “…the Ice Age is a modern concept invented to describe a unique period of climate on the earth. This period of unusual climate only became obvious to us in the last 200 years after considerable geological exploration globally and after considering the geological history that covered a time-
span of thousands of years. The ice sheets did not extend to the Middle East. At the time, the people would not have been aware that they were living in what would become a unique period of climate history, and so would not have thought it was something unusual or notable.”1 A unique period we now have labeled; The Ice Age.
Jesus is amazing and even though the people of that period wouldn’t have considered the environment different enough to note it, God did. Snow is mentions 25 times in the Bible and ice/frost five times in relation to the Ice age. Most are mentioned in Job, Joshua or Psalm. By keeping the Ice Age in
mind, the reading make much more sense. Just like God planed!
Until next time,
God bless and take care!