Reading through the Bible: day 74

Joshua 9 – 12

More war. In case you were wondering, Joshua was possibly equal to David as a military leader.

The long day at Ajalon

I’ve heard much about the long day. “We know that didn’t happen, since it’s the Earth that moves, not the sun.” As it turns out, the sun does move. This is irrelevant, of course, since, even if the Bible is divinely inspired, it was written from a human perspective, and the sun would appear to stop, if the Earth stopped.

I have also been told (a few times) that the NASA has proved this happened, this is not the case. It’s not likely it would be provable, since if everything stopped moving, then how would we work out later that it had.

These things aside, I have heard another, only likely to be spotted by someone looking for contradictions. Genesis 8:22 tells us:

“While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.”(NKJV)

If you’re not sure what the problem is, I think it’s that it says day and night would not cease, and apparently this is what is said to happen at Ajalon. Day and night did not cease though, the sun stopped temporarily, and then continued. I guess it really depends on what you mean by cease, but I don’t really see an issue.

What are your thoughts?


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One thought on “Reading through the Bible: day 74”

  1. Interestingly enough, the earth stopping would be a more massive problem then the flood would be. I wonder both if the record is accurate and if so how God pulled it off. My bet would a supernova but there doesn’t seem to be a good way of verifying that hypothesis. To clarify, a supernova could shine bright enough to give light similar to the sun without the earth actually standing still. Too bad we don’t have what is written in the Book of Jasher to have a more detailed account of what happened.

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