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Joshua And The Children Of Israel Take Jericho Are Confirmed By Archaeology


In approximately 1451-1400 BC, Joshua and the children of Israel took Jericho. 

The interpretation of archaeological finds is always controversial because so much is based on assumption and presupposition.  Secularists are often eager to disprove the Bible and Christians are convinced that archaeology and all science will confirm the Scriptures. Now, we find archaeology confirming this particular Bible story. There has never been an archaeological discovery that showed a Bible story to be in error. That is exactly what Christians would expect.

The archaeologists found the fallen walls of Jericho. They found the evidence of the burning of the city in thick layers of ash. All this is just what the Bible says they would find. They found evidence that a new culture had built on top of the old city of Jericho, and that is what the Bible says happened. The walls appear to have fallen outward by themselves--Kenyon assumed that it was by an earth quake. There is evidence that the city was then attacked and burned.

Between 1930 and 1936, Garstang, and Kenyon from 1952 to 1956 excavated the ruins of Jericho. These two didn't believe in the infallibility of the Bible. Garstang felt that the invaders were the Jewish people, but Kenyon was convinced that they were not. Both saw that the previous culture was completely overtaken by the new culture and that the new culture was not skilled at building. The new culture left evidence that they had been desert nomads, living in tents. They were peaceful people, yet they wiped out all the existing inhabitants of the land. They were religious tribal people. They were a very advanced civilization. Jericho was rebuilt later, but remained uninhabited for a long time. All of this is what the Bible says, except that Kenyon was convinced that all this happened 600 years before the Jews came.

Actually, as a result of Kenyon's opinion and the opinion of some other archaeologists, stories have been run in newspapers stating that the Biblical account is false.  In fact, those opinions are not based in fact but in assumption and presupposition, so the newspaper's stories are radical and not good journalism.

The dating methods that are used to say when things have happened are, as it works out, very shaky. Much of what is called science is actually based on unsupported assumption and presupposition. Of course, experts must appear to be very sure of themselves, so they will argue over issues about which they know little or even nothing at all. There is much dispute regarding the dates and scholars do not agree. The reason that they can disagree is that their opinions are based on things that they simply make up. The dates that are most in question are the dates of Israel in Egyptian history, but it must be remembered that some of these scholars give a false impression that they are dealing with facts when they are dealing with opinions.

The facts fit the Biblical account perfectly. Some opinions also fit the Biblical account while the opinions of some other scholars (for whatever that might be worth) differ from the Biblical account.

It is sad that some people will only accept those things that conform to the arbitrary assumptions/lies of Naturalism, materialism, and uniformitarianism.  Naturalism claims that God does nothing. No one can show any of these to be true because they are lies. Materialism claims that there is no God or spiritual realm.  Uniformitarianism claims that there was not creation and that there was no violent worldwide flood, as the Bible and numerous other historical accounts record.  Whatever they observe that does not conform to this complex filter is censored.  The way that it is censored can take several forms.  The ungodly may boldly proclaim that, though the data appears to support God's version and refute the version of the ungodly, yet it still must be interpreted to mean just the opposite of what it does mean.  A backup method that ungodly people use is to prophecy that in the future, science will be able to explain what they see as an anomaly.  If that fails, they will hide the data, set it aside, or lie to keep the public from knowing the truth.  The data clearly demolishes the story of the ungodly and clearly supports the reality of the Creator God, His Bible, and His abiding Presence in His people.  When confronted with the obvious, a closed-minded ungodly person says, "I can't understand it."  They are willingly ignorant because they refuse to hold God in their knowledge.  The reality is that these people, for whatever reason, don't what to know the Creator.  They don't want to truly know Jesus, their Creator.


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