Bible breakthrough: Joshua’s long day miracle unravelled by scientist: ‘Could’ve happened’
Bible: Expert on discovery of story that was ‘never included’
The Book of Joshua is the sixth book in the Old Testament, and tells the story of Israel from the conquest of Canaan to the Babylonian exile. It details the campaigns of the Israelites in central, southern and northern Canaan, the destruction of their enemies, and the division of the land among the Twelve Tribes. But Joshua 10 tells of a miracle performed by the man who would go on to succeed Moses as leader of the Israelite tribes.
Part of it reads: “The Sun stood still, and the Moon stayed until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies.
“So the Sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.”
And chemist Russell Grigg previously unravelled the passage for Creation magazine.
He wrote: “The author is telling us that the Sun did not proceed to set for a period of a completed day, which many commentators take to be approximately a 24-hour period, rather than just a daylight period.
The Book of Joshua tells of a miracle (Image: GETTY)
Moses Blesses Joshua Before the High Priest (Image: WIKI)
“Many cultures have legends that seem to be based on this event. For example, there is a Greek myth of Apollo’s son, Phaethon, who disrupted the sun’s course for a day.
“And since Joshua 10 is historical, cultures on the opposite side of the world should have legends of a long night.
“In fact, the New Zealand Maori people have a myth about how their hero Maui slowed the sun before it rose, while the Mexican Annals of Cuauhtitlan records a night that continued for an extended time.”
But as to what “actually happened,” Mr Grigg stated there were three logical explanations.
His first point involved “some form of refraction (bending) of the light from the Sun and the Moon”.