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The burning bush
Was the burning bush really a miracle as in impossible from a scientific view?
Or was it one of God’s events with impeccable/miraculous timing?
1. Gas in Midian
Most of Saudi Arabia's non-
Both active and dormant volcanoes once in a while vent volcanic gas. Because the land of Midian contains many volcanoes that’s another possible fuel source for the burning bush.
It’s possible that gas seeped trough cracks in the rocks, under a bush. Then the gas was ignited by sun heat, a spark, lightning or something else. Not the bush but the gas was burning.
2. The bush would almost instantly burn up
Exodus 3 describes a bush that keeps burning for considerable time. If it was a natural even caused by gas wouldn’t the bush quickly burn up and turn to ashes? Moses clearly states it turn to ashes.
The soil of as-
Georg Wallin states a certain species of acacias don’t burn to ashes but to charcoal. So, in theory, the bush can burn up in few minutes, it keeps it shape in charcoal form. After burning to charcoal, not the wood, but the gas is the fuel for the fire. The burning bush would end with when the gas supply was cut off or the charcoal-
3. Volcanic activity
I’m not aware of any records of natural gas finds in the Sinai Peninsula area.
There are also no records of volcanic activity in that area for over 4,000 years
But there is natural gas found in Midian. And there are records of volcanic activity in the mountain area of Midian in the last 4,000 years.
All of the above aligns, or at least doesn’t contradict the Exo 3:1-
Exod 3:1 Now Moses was keeping the flock of Jethro his father-
Exod 3:2 And the angel of Jehovah appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
As shown on the page called “When?” on this site, Exodus started around 1213 BC. That’s well within the 4,000 year range.
Volcanic area’s have very fertile soil. That means good pastures, the place to be as a shepherd.
According to David George Hogarth, in his 1978 book "Hejaz before World War I", a Midianite tribe called the Billi, lead their flocks into the cooler fertile mountains in the volcanic region called harrah. Harrah is the Arab name for volcanic lava fields.
All that makes Midian a far better candidate for the burning bush than Sinai Peninsula. If… the above natural explanation is accepted as a possibility :-
4. None of the above
Reasons for the fire not being natural