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Euroclydon

A Euroclydon, also known as a gregale (i.e. a "Greece gale") is a strong wind system that blows down from Europe into The Mediterranean Sea, mostly in autumn and winter. The term is used specifically only once in the Bible, in referring to Paul's shipwreck on Malta, however there is a possible earlier reference to the same "mighty tempest in the sea," albeit one that The Lord miraculously triggered - the storm that Jonah's ship was caught in. As with the apostle Paul's experience, the crew threw cargo overboard to lighten the ship's riding depth, although in Jonah's case, they threw Jonah overboard too.

"But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of The Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of The Lord. But The Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken. Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them ... Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous. And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you ... So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging." (Jonah 1:3-5,11-12,15 KJV)

"There arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon"

Paul (see Paul's Ministry) warned them that their voyage was headed into trouble, but they didn't take heed from their prisoner:

Storm Clouds

"Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past [i.e. the The Day Of Atonement], Paul admonished them, And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives."

"Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul. And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more part advised to depart thence also, if by any means they might attain to Phenice, and there to winter; which is an haven of Crete, and lieth toward the south west and north west. And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete." (Acts 27:7-13 KJV)

Then the Euroclydon struck:

"But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon. And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive. And running under a certain island which is called Clauda, we had much work to come by the boat: Which when they had taken up, they used helps, undergirding the ship; and, fearing lest they should fall into the Quicksands, struck sail, and so were driven. And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the next day they lightened the ship; And the third day we cast out with our own hands the tackling of the ship. And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away."

"But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss. And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship. For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee" (Acts 27:14-24 KJV)

Fact Finder: What is another example of a famous event of Bible History that occurred because of a "strong east wind"?
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