Easton's Bible Dictionary
Famines were sent as an effect of God's anger against a guilty people (2 Kings 8:1,2; Amos 8:11; Deuteronomy 28:22-42; 2 Samuel 21:1; 2 Kings 6:25-28; 25:3; Jeremiah 14:15; 19:9; 42:17 , etc.). A famine was predicted by Agabus (Acts 11:28 ). Josephus makes mention of the famine which occurred A.D. 45. Helena, queen of Adiabene, being at Jerusalem at that time, procured corn from Alexandria and figs from Cyprus for its poor inhabitants.
These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.
Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Famine'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ebd/f/famine.html. 1897.