An Amazing Historical Coincidence

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Pyrrhus, King of Epirus: “Another such victory and I am undone!”

In the Book of Judges, Chapter 8, Abimelech, illegitimate son of Gideon, proclaimed himself king of Israel and went about conquering cities. During street fighting in the town of Thebaz, a woman brained him with a piece of a millstone and that was the end of him.

Fast-forward several centuries and hundreds of miles to the west: Pyrrhus, King of Epirus, invaded Italy and there won “pyrrhic victories” (a victory so costly as to be as bad as a defeat) and was finally driven off by the Romans. Returning home to the Balkans, he attempted to conquer Greece. And exactly the same thing happened to him as happened to Abimelech. During a street fight in Argos, a woman on the roof brained Pyrrhus with a piece of a millstone, ending his career in 272 B.C.

How does this happen? Did Greek and Roman historians take that story from the Bible and apply it to Pyrrhus? Or did this remarkable coincidence actually occur? Was the Bible better known throughout the ancient world than we’ve suspected?

The question has to be, Is this what really happened to Pyrrhus? If not, then we simply don’t know how he died. And for a man as famous as Pyrrhus, it’s very hard to imagine how that could be. There were any number of historians writing about Pyrrhus during his lifetime and shortly afterward–but none of them offers a different story of his death.

God passed judgment on both these tyrants, Abimelech and Pyrrhus; and it was the same judgment for each. There is no evidence to suggest otherwise.

10 comments on “An Amazing Historical Coincidence

  1. There are a lot of these incidents if we take time to read the books of prophecy and think about it, compare Scripture with Scripture.

    1. There are any number of mysteries throughout history; peoples that disappeared after building a huge civilization. In Leviticus 18, God explained in verse 25 what had happened to the prior inhabitants: “For the land has become defiled, therefore I have brought its punishment upon it, so the land has vomited out its inhabitants.” If it happened in Canaan, who’s to say that it didn’t happen elsewhere?

      Any number of civilizations have been unearthed where there were practices that would gag a maggot. I won’t burden anyone with details, but there are practices that are exceptionally disgusting. Such civilizations tend not to prosper for long. As Lee as mentioned, no one knows the name of a single person in the Indus Valley Civilization. Perhaps there is a reason for this. Perhaps our God saw fit to make certain that they would not be remembered. Remember the name of the guy that decided to build the Tower of Babel? How about any of the individual Hittites? Didn’t think so.

      Even some churches teach that God placed his attention, only, upon a small group of people, but I don’t think that has to be the case. He knows what is happening and the judgment he has foretold is based upon the record in the Book of Life. Keep in mind that the God of the Bible, and Jesus are completely unknown to vast numbers of people that have lived in past times. Such ones may have an opportunity in the resurrection to come, to be informed and to comply with God’s will. Our God is very loving and patient.

    2. We do know the names of very many Hittites, but they were in the Hittite Empire, centered in Asia Minor, and probably not the same Hittites that are discussed in the Bible. Although the Bible does name a few of those, Uriah the Hittite being the most famous of them.

    3. We do have the Hittite Empire’s annals and a lot of other stuff. I don’t think the Hittites in the Bible were the same people. But the people who had the empire were given that name after the nation in the Bible.

    4. My point is that the Hittites in the land of Canaan have left no lasting imprint on civilization. We don’t use ancient Hittite math, or ancient Hittite anything else. However, there is an alarming facet to this; we are seeing some old pagan ideas gaining popularity and history tells us that is never healthy

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