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Biblical References to Meteors and Meteorites

The Original Testament and the New Testament offer many examples of possible destruction from the sky by meteors and meteorites. Though some verses seem to refer to hail stones of ice, I have tried to only include references that have fire as part of the verse. As there are no volcanic eruptions in the broader historical record for the region (if incorrect, please provide sources in comments) within the biblical time period (see interesting article on volcanic activity in Red Sea), I am further assuming that references to brimstone, fire, stones are meteors.  I am not a biblical scholar and am only adding these references for entertainment purposes. The exact verses below come from various biblical translations and may not be exact compared to an individual’s bible.

The Destruction of the the Amorites by Gustav Dore (engraving 1865). Image Source: www.artbible.info

Joshua 10:11

And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going down to Bethhoron, that the LORD cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died: they were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Painting by Lucas Van Leyden, 1520 titled “Lot and his Daughters” with the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah by a rain of “sulphur and fire” in background. Image Source: Louvre Museum and Wikimedia

Genesis 19:24 – 25

Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the Lord out of heaven. And he overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woodcut by Lucas Chranach within Martin Luther’s September Bible printed in 1522. Image Source: Christies.com

Revelation 8:7

The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luca Giordano, The Conversion of St. Paul, c. 1690. Modified from Image: christchurchwindsor.ca

Acts 9:3 – 4
(Read these two articles for opposing points of view: Was St. Paul Converted by a Meteorite Fall and Possible First‐Century Fireball of Historical Importance)

And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven. And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

 

 

 

 

Matthew 24:29

Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

Revelation 6:13

And the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale.

Ezekiel 38:22

And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.

 

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