Archaeological News And Notes -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bible and Spade (Second Run)
Volume: BSPADE 04:2 (Spring 1991)
Article: Archaeological News And Notes
Author: Anonymous

Archaeological News And Notes

Another Enemy Of Kuwait And Saudi Arabia

Swarming by the millions, or even billions, the locust is one of the world’s most destructive insect menaces, and a dreaded curse to farmers and townspeople alike. In the Winter 1991 issue of Archaeology and Biblical Research it was pointed out that the locust of the Exodus plague was deified in the Egyptian god Senehem. Obviously the locust has been a problem from earliest times in Bible lands and is mentioned numerous times in Scripture outside of Exodus (Dt 28:38; 1 Kgs 8:37; 2 Chr 6:28; Ps 78:46, 105:34, 109:23; Prv 30:27; Jl 1:4, 2:25; Na 3:15, 17).

Aramco World Magazine in 1987 carried an incisive article about the menace of the locust to the Middle East. Some of the observations mentioned are almost unbelievable. Locusts can fly 5000 feet high at over 10 miles an hour. Swarms of billions of them literally blot out the sun. They can eat the equivalent of their body weight daily. That is, they eat 60 to 100 times as much as a human. A square-mile swarm (not at all unusual) will contain 100 to 200 million locusts and can eat 220 to 720 tons of food every day, enough to feed 200,000 humans!

Locusts lie dormant for as long as a quarter of a century then, when conditions are right, hatch and swarm. Each female may lay 400 eggs in a lifetime which, when hatched, can breed in as little as two months.

As many as 65 countries harbor locusts, but the crossroads of the nations, as far as locusts are concerned, is Saudi Arabia. To and from here locusts swarm west to Africa, north to Israel, Jordan, Syria and Iraq, and east to Iran, India and Pakistan. To fight them means having to moniter an “intelligence agency” covering millions of square miles. By cooperating as a mighty army, nations of the Middle East have had considerable success in subduing the locust menace. But it takes early discovery and coordinated effort — mostly by spraying huge areas.

Not everyone hates locusts. They are not condemned by Scripture, and are even allowed as food according to Leviticus 11:22. Locusts are prized today by the Beduin and they have any number of recipes for preparing them.

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