Studies on The Long Day of Joshua

Interesting, if not altogether utterly persuasive.

Dr. Claude Mariottini - Professor of Old Testament

On the day when the LORD gave the Amorites over to the Israelites, Joshua spoke to the LORD; and he said in the sight of Israel, ‘Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and Moon, in the valley of Aijalon.’ And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? The sun stopped in midheaven, and did not hurry to set for about a whole day” (Joshua 10:12-13).

When Joshua fought against the five kings of Canaan, the army of Israel pursued the army of the Canaanites into the Valley of Aijalon. In order to ask for divine help to defeat the enemy, Joshua called upon the sun and the moon to stay in their place.

This astronomical event has produced much debate among those who read and interpret this text. Scholars have differed…

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