Prominent research scientists from an Israeli university have just revealed that they have new, undeniable evidence, that one of the most miraculous events in the Bible did take place.
In the book of Joshua, Chapter 10, Joshua prayed to God to cover the sun and give his people the advantage in their war against the Amorite armies that set out to capture the Gibeonites. The research team, led by Dr. Hezi Yitzak, discovered that only one solar eclipse occurred during that time period, giving them the ability to assign a date and time to the battle itself: 4:28 p.m. on October 30, 1207 BCE. (via The Times of Israel)
As Joshua 10:12 goes, “Then spake Joshua to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, ‘Sun, stand thou still (dom) upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.’”
The story continues that the Sun did actually stop shining, and this was a key factor in Joshua’s victory in this battle against the five Amorite kings.
“And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day” (Joshua 10:13).
To determine what they believe is the exact date and time of the battle — October 30, 1207 BCE, at 4:28 p.m. — the brilliant researchers from Beersheba’s Ben Gurion University used NASA data.
Of course, they are not ignorant to the fact that there are several other ancient stories of a deity hiding the sun, but claim this one to be much different for one reason: the biblical story in Joshua is the only one that actually includes the moon, which is how they concluded that it was referring to an eclipse. To further solidify their claim, the scientists found this to be the only complete solar eclipse in that area during the 500-year block of time surrounding the years when the Israelites would have finally entered the promised land.
Equally as impressive was another key factor in studying the story’s accuracy — the proper translation of one little word in scripture: “dom.” They correctly interpreted this word that was used in the story from Joshua and just one other time in the Bible in Psalms 37:7. It actually means to “become dark,” not to “stand still,” as it’s more recently translated. This one word gave scientists a clue that it was possibly referring to a solar eclipse.
A member of the research team stated after revealing the new data, “Not everyone likes the idea of using physics to prove things from the Bible, and I know that it may be interpreted as if you are rationalizing your faith. We do not claim that everything written in the Bible is true or took place… but there is also a grain of historical truth that has archaeological evidence behind it.”
This is yet another compelling example of the Bible’s historical reliability. As scientific research continues to expand into new territories, it is certain that even more biblical accounts will be verified — for Believer and skeptic alike.