Is the Bible historically accurate, and can scripture be interpreted literally, or is the Bible myth or legend? Is the supernatural world or miracles real, or can the stories in the Bible be explained naturally? In this episode, I'm responding, yet again, to the Christian apologist Trent Horn of Catholic Answers and defending Nothing Fails Like Bible History Episode 3.
Here are just some of the sources I used & cited in my video:
Arizona State University – Deadliest Hailstorm
A Chronicle of London from 1089 to 1483: Written in the Fifteenth Century
Chronicle of the Grey Friars of London Camden Society Old Series: Volume 53:
Black Monday didn’t fall on Easter Monday:
Genealogical and literary scholar, Edward Solly on Black Monday in Notes and Queries pg. 345-346
Two ways to calculate Easter:
Calendar for 1360 with moon phases, taking into account the loss in days due to the shift from Julian to the Gregorian calendar:
John Stow: Annals of London (page 417)
American weather. A popular exposition of the phenomena of the weather, including chapters on hot and cold waves, blizzards, hailstorms and tornadoes, etc., etc. By Gen. A. W. Greely; pg. 236-237
“Mr. Eliot was of the opinion that those who perished were not killed directly by the blows of hail-stones, but by being knocked down by the wind, were buried in the hail, and perished through the combined effects of cold and exhaustion.” pg. 237
Deadliest hailstorm in history (Guinness World Record):
Atlas Obscura: Deadliest Hailstorms:
Joshua Barnes’ 1688 book; The History of that Most Victorious Monarch, Edward IIId, King of England and France, and Lord of Ireland, and First Founder of the Most Noble Order of the Garter: Being a Full and Exact Account Of the Life and Death of the said King: Together with That of his Most Renowned Son, Edward, Prince of Wales and of Aquitain, Sirnamed the Black-Prince:
^ Note, this is the best source I could find for the origin of the "1000 people killed by hail" myth, but he doesn’t even say that hail killed 1,000 men.
Barnes wrote that, “There fell from heaven such a wonderful storm and tempest of thunder, lightning, rain, and hail among the English army that it seemed as if the whole fabric of nature was falling to pieces; and withal it was so excessive cold at the same time, that it cannot be imagined so that together with all these arrows of god’s anger* (and by this he’s referring to the thunder, lightning, rain, hail, and excessive cold he just mentioned), there perished no less than 6,000 horses and well-nigh** 1,000 men.”
*Thunder, lightning, rain, hail, and excessive cold
Note: This book is expensive and hard to get a hold of, but I tracked down an image of the pages where the event is described here.
Roop Kund Lake Skeletons from multiple groups spanning 1000 years:
History Channel’s article on 1,000 people dying from hail (not remotely credible):
Accuweather report on hail deaths:
NOAA 2019 Hail reports:
NOAA Annual Sever Weather reports (2000-2020):
Roop Kund Lake Video Broll:
Hail storm kills farmer in Nijar:
Large Hail Reports – Europe:
Mayfest - 10,000 caught in the open in hailstorm with no hail-related deaths:
Just how rare/deadly is giant hail:
Major Hailstorms of 2019 across Europe:
Google Maps Deadliest Hailstorms Locations:
List of deadliest hail storms:
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