Monday, October 30, 2017

That eclipse and Joshua again

ASTRONOMICAL PHENOMENA: Biblical Record of Eclipse 3,200 Years Ago May Rewrite Pharaonic Era in Ancient Egypt. Joshua said the sun and moon stood still: Now archaeologists think he recorded an annular eclipse in 1207 B.C.E. (By Ruth Schuster, Haaretz).

I note this story because it's cool that astronomers can date an ancient eclipse so exactly that we can celebrate its 3200-year anniversary today. But for reasons I have explained here and links, I do not think that a credible case has been made that Joshua's stopped sun and moon were an eclipse.

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