Does the Bible Talk About the Ice Age?
During the 500 years following Noah's Flood (~4,400 years ago), ocean temperatures and atmospheric volcanic dust favoured the build-up of glaciers on the continents before they melting back over the following 200 years. We call this period of time the Ice Age. So does the Bible talk about the Ice Age? First we must realize that snow and glaciers didn't coat the entire world during the Ice Age, mainly parts of northern Eurasia and North America. There was no ice cover in the Middle East (see second image above), so people living there during the Ice Age, including Abraham and Job, would not have been aware of the icy conditions or woolly mammoths further north. Just what was the Middle East like during the Ice Age? Well, increased rates of evaporation caused by tectonic and volcanic activity during Noah's Flood initiated greater precipitation; in the north it fell as snow, but closer to the Equator it fell as rain. Places along the Equator that are barren deserts or scrublands today were lush, tropical wetlands during the Ice Age. Interestingly, there are several indications of this Middle Eastern climate in the days of the post-Flood patriarchs: “Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain of the Yarden was well watered everywhere, before Adonai destroyed S’dom and ‘Amora, like the garden of Adonai , like the land of Egypt in the direction of Tzo‘ar.” (B'resheet (Gen) 13:10 CJB) Today, this region is not well-watered and could hardly be described as the “garden of Adonai,” but geology confirms that it was during the Ice Age! During its first several centuries, the Ice Age created the perfect conditions for both man and animal to multiply and fill the whole earth as God commanded after the Flood.
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