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A scarcity of provisions (1 Kings 17 ). There were frequent dearths in Palestine. In the days of Abram there was a "famine in the land" (Genesis 12:10 ), so also in the days of Jacob (47:4,13). We read also of dearths in the time of the judges (Ruth 1:1 ), and of the kings (2 Samuel 21:1 ; 1 Kings 18:2 ; 2 Kings 4:38 ; 8:1 ).

In New Testament times there was an extensive famine in Palestine (Acts 11:28 ) in the fourth year of the reign of the emperor Claudius (A.D. 44,45).

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These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.

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Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Dearth'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. 1897.

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