Jericho Was In Ruins BEFORE Joshua Allegedly Conquered It.
The account of Joshua’s conquest of Canaan is inconsistent with the archaeological evidence. Cities supposedly conquered by Joshua in the 14th century BCE were destroyed long before he came on the scene. Some, such as Ai and Arad, had been ruins for a 1000 years.
Amazingly, a devout Christian, Dr. Gerald Aardsma (Ph. D., Nuclear Physics) believes the bible to be literally true yet he acknowledges that Jericho was in ruins before Joshua allegedly conquered it. See “Biblical Chronologist, Jericho“. So how can he believe the bible to be literally true and yet, acknowledge the archaeological evidence that proves Jericho was in ruins at the time of Joshua? Simple. He merely ascribes a transcription error; to wit…
In 1990, Dr. Gerald Aardsma proposed a major adjustment to traditional biblical chronology. He proposed that the “480” of 1 Kings 6:1 was originally “1,480” but the Hebrew letters corresponding to the “one thousand” were lost at an early stage of copying. The new biblical date for the Exodus becomes ca. 2450 B.C., and prior biblical events are similarly shifted to earlier times, by exactly 1000 years relative to traditional biblical chronology.
See? That’s how you make something out of nothing. Just fiddle with the dates.
About Dr. Aardsma
This man, with a Ph. D. in Nuclear Physics, has stopped his work in nuclear physics (multiple publications in valid journals) and is now trying to figure out what it was about the flood that caused our lifespan to go from 900 years to 72 years. Read all about him HERE. The really interesting thing about him is that before he went off his rocker, he provided very compelling evidence that works AGAINST the creationists. He completely validates two of the techniques that are used to determine the age of things – radio carbon dating and dendrochronology (use of tree rings to validate date calculations)