Joshua's Missing Wall

Monday, 30 Dec 2013

"Archaeology will never furnish proof of the Bible's inspiration or authority for its readers, because that is the wrong thing to ask of it."
The story of the excavation of Jericho, the site of Joshua's famous battle, has long symbolized the tensions that can arise between archaeological explorations and faithful readings of the Bible. The story begins at the dawn of the twentieth century, when some European scholars first undertook a formal scientific excavation of the site. Perhaps not surprisingly, the excavators initially dated a wall to Joshua's time, presumably expecting to find one because of the biblical account. Later, however, they revised their conclusions to reflect an earlier date for the wall. It was an easy enough mistake ...

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