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The Bible Today Monthly Newsletter, Issue #002, December 17, 2014 - The Battle of Jericho
December 18, 2014

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December 17, 2014

The Battle of Jericho

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I. Featured Topic: Jericho

Explore the ancient and important city of Jericho. Study maps of the Battle of Jericho, which opened the door into Canaan for Israel under their leader Joshua.
II. The Bible Past & Present

Interesting news and articles on the Bible in the past, as well as the present.

III. Digging in the Bible

The latest news in archaeology, both Biblical Archaeology and the science of Archaeology as as a whole.

IV. The Science Section

Can Science & Religion get along? Sometimes.

V. The Bible in Space

God was not only the creator of man and earth, but of heaven, the stars and planets, and everything else in the realm of space.

VI. World News & Politics

News from Israel and the Middle East. Stay on top of the latest from around the globe.

VII. The Grab Bag

Interesting, unusual, odd and unique news on the Bible and related topics from around the world.


The Battle of Jericho: Did it happen like the Bible says?

Though archaeology has produced much evidence about the storied and deep history of Jericho, the controversy remains as to whether parts of this history occurred like the Bible says it did. Jericho has shown evidence of occupation since 9000 BC - making it one of the oldest cities on the face of the earth. It's role in the Bible is central to the Conquest of Canaan by Israel under Joshua.

Yet it is this part of Jericho's history which remains a topic of controversy. Everybody agrees to the extreme antiquity of Jericho; and the city's importance to the region throughout history, mainly due to the location of a natural spring of fresh water nearby. Yet when it comes to the role of Jericho in the Old Testament, hardly the same sense of unity exists. In fact, it is quite the opposite as views diverge widely and passionately about the archaeology of Jericho and its support, or lack thereof, of the Biblical account.

Explore for yourself the archaeology of Jericho. Dive into the dramatic and fascinating account of the Battle of Jericho.

The Battle of Jericho

Study the Battle of Jericho in great detail using the Biblical account accompanied by maps of the region and city. See where Joshua encountered the mysterious Heavenly Warrior; where God parted the waters at Adam; and where Joshua circumcised the men of Israel just prior to battle.

The Battle of Jericho

View the Battle of Jericho according to Wikipedia. Though Wikipedia should be read with caution, this particular page is extremely insightful and useful for the study of the Battle of Jericho, and Jericho in general.

Is the Bible Accurate about the Walls of Jericho?

by Bryant Wood & Gary Byer

An in-depth analysis of the archaeology of Jericho in comparison to the Biblical account of how the walls of Jericho fell and the city was conquered by Israel. Does archaeology support the Bible? Various scholars have reached different conclusions based on the same evidence.

II. The Bible Past & Present

Explore the bible and its impact on mankind's history, as well as its continuing impact on our civilization today.

Jericho - Did it happen like the Bible says?

Joshua's Battle Continues Today

by Wayne Stiles

Outside of Jerusalem, no site has been excavated more in Israel than Jericho. Yet, are we any closer to answers and agreement? Just what, exactly, is the evidence of Jericho's excavations? Is the Bible proven true? Or, does archaeology show the Bible to be a false account?

This Day in History

How December 25th Became Christmas

by Andrew McGowan

Why is December 25th Christmas? It is unlikely a census was called for in the winter, thus requiring all of Israel to travel in dangerous and inclement conditions. Shepherds would not have been in the fields with their sheep had snow been on the ground. So how did December become associated with Jesus' birth?

Headline News

Why Does God Seem So Angry in the Old Testament?

by Randy Dotinga

With Hollywood's latest Biblical endeavor,Exodus: Gods and Kings, new focus is on God and the Old Testament narrative. The question common to many is: Why does God seem so angry in the Old Testament?

'How Human is God' writer Mark S. Smith explains why God is depicted differently in the Old and New Testaments and why he is sometimes shown as an angry figure.

Exodus Domestic Box Office Receipts

Despite Hollywood's propensity to mock and deride Christianity, God, the Bible and Christians, it is not against the amount of money it can make on Biblical films. While these movies are interesting, one should recognize it is not Hollywood's goodness, ironically, but rather its greed which has led to the production of these movies.

Featured Website

Discovery News

Discovery News includes news from across a wide range of topics and disciplines; including the latest from Space exploration, Archaeology, History and Technology. This website is an invaluable resource for those interested in the current events and discoveries changing the world we live in before our very eyes.

Bible History Special Report

Noah's Search: Probing Satellite Imagery for Lost Ark

by Leonard David,
The search for Noah’s ark on Mt. Ararat has been a millennia long search. Discovery takes a look at modern science’s attempt to once and for all solve the mystery of Noah’s Ark.

III. Digging in the Bible

Fierce arguments flow when discussing the Bible in terms of Archaeology. What cannot be denied, however, is that the Bible has helped identify many locations and places for Archaeology; and conversely Archaeology has shed invaluable light on the people and places mentioned in the Bible. For instance, the Philistines were once thought to be a mythical people, created by ancient Israel. That line of thought was debunked when archaeology turned up evidence of the Sea Peoples, and their cities were exactly where the Bible had placed them.

Featured Topic

Walls of Jericho: The Archaeology that Demolishes the Bible?

by Lauren Axelrod

Did it happen? Is there archaeological evidence to prove the walls of Jericho did in fact succumb to the mighty tribes? Or did the city of Jericho actually exist when the Israelites attempted to conquer Canaan?

The Archaeology of Jericho

Does Jericho’s history corroborate or conflict the biblical account? Excavations have produced a lot of evidence concerning Jericho’s past – and what that evidence means depends on who you listen to.

Headline News From Archaeology

Underwater Excavation Reveals Lost Levantine City

by Flinders University
A 7,500-year-old underwater water well that has been partially excavated from a site on Israel's Mediterranean coast.

Archaeology of the Hebrew Bible

by William Dever

NOVA explores some of the most significant archeological finds related to the Hebrew Bible.

Wanna Dig?

Are you interested in digging? Look at these websites to find interesting excavations from all over the world.

BAR Digs

Ancient Digger Field Digs

Fieldwork - Archaeological Institute of America

IV. The Science Section

Are Science & Religion always at odds with each other? If one believes in Science, can one not also believe in God? Are the two so fundamentally different reconciliation is impossible? Faith is believing without seeing. Science is believing by seeing. Does middle ground exist?

Science & Miracles

Is There Science Behind Miracles?

by Rabbi Gerald L. Zelizer

The Creation & Evolution Debate

The Pope - Evolution Came From Creationism

by William Wright

Pope Francis was quoted recently as saying, “Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.”

New Twist in Life's Start

by Emily Singer and Quanta Magazine
A new twist in Life's start could aid efforts to make it from scratch.

The Monthly Science Report

Researchers: Asteroid destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah

Contributed by London Times
The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis is one of the Bible’s most fascinating and mysterious accounts. The biblical narrative suggests fire from the sky rained down upon the cities, initiated by God, in the form of brimstones was responsible for Sodom and Gomorrah’s dramatic destruction. Can science prove this happened in our remote and distant past? Does scientific evidence exist which suggest this episode from Genesis really happened?


Fascinatingly enough, discoveries in deep space have been shown to actually corroborate parts of the Creation narrative in Genesis. The Bible contains numerous verses on the heavens and stars, and the ancients were obsessed with space - thus it is important to stay in touch with what's going on up there.

Topic of the Month

The God of Space

Genesis 1:6-7 – “Then God said, ‘Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.’ God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so.”

Psalms 148:4 – “Praise Him, highest heavens, and the waters that are above the heavens!”

The origin of water is a highly sought after explanation scientists and astronomers are continually seeking. What they don’t know, the Bible does, for the origin of water is thoroughly discussed in Genesis 1:2, 6-10. Genesis 1:9 states the “waters below the heavens be gathered into one place”, thus the separation of water and land ON EARTH.

Yet what about the “waters which were above the expanse” mentioned just two verses earlier in Genesis 1:7, or “the waters that are above the heavens” from Psalms 148? This water is not included in the “waters below the heavens” of Genesis 1:9, for this water is not on earth, but above the expanse, or firmament/heaven/space. Yet, we learn nothing else of these mysterious waters “which were above the expanse”.

Perhaps our modern astronomers are just now catching up with the “waters which were above the expanse” from the ancient book of Genesis.

Mystery of the Origin of Earth's Water Deepens

by Seth Borenstein

Mysteries of Space & the Bible

The Van Allen belts protect dangerous radiation from reaching the Earth’s surface, thus allowing life on Earth to propagate and flourish. A new “wall” was discovered within the belts which stops dangerous elements cold in their tracks which was previously unknown to scientists and astronomers. They are at a loss to explain the origin of this mysterious wall which protects life on Earth.

“The scientists searched for possible sources of the new found wall. They ruled out human-generated transmissions…”

Perhaps the answer can be found in the questions God asked His servant Job in Job 38:31-33.

“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, or loose the cords of Orion? Can you lead forth a constellation in its season, and the Bear with her satellites? Do you know the ordinances of the heavens, or fix their rule over the earth?”

God’s point to Job was mankind cannot know everything about God’s creation, and sometimes it’s not our place to know certain things. The modern world has, in fact, proved this notion to be true. Despite mankind’s great technological advancements and stunning scientific achievements – there is still much we do not know and much we cannot explain.

Radiation Belts Shield Earth From High-Energy Particles

by Nola Taylor Redd, Contributor

NASA Headline News

Should we be paying more attention to features on the Martian surface? Yet another strange feature has been discovered on the surface of Mars, according to a NASA report, which is just one of many over the last twenty or thirty years. What the strange feature is--and how it got there--scientists at this point have only opinions.

Mysterious Mars Mound May Be Result Of Ancient Lava

by Jacqueline Howard


News and articles from around the world, including the latest from Israel and the Middle East - the Promised Land of the Old Testament.

Live From Israel & the Middle East

Latest News

Jewish extremists endanger Israel’s control of Jerusalem

by Jared Sichel

Q&A with Yossi Klein Halevi: Jewish extremists endanger Israel’s control of Jerusalem.

Outside Israel

Why the US supports Israel

A Discovery News video outlining the reasons and history of the United State's support for Israel, its primary ally in the Middle East.

Persecution Around the Globe

Jihadism: Tracking a Month of Deadly Attacks

Jihadist attacks killed more than 5,000 people in just one month, an investigation by the BBC World Service and King's College London has found. Civilians bore the brunt of the violence, with more than 2,000 killed in reported jihadist incidents during November 2014

Contributors: Christine Jeavans, Nassos Stylianou, Richard Bangay, Aidan Fewster, Charlotte Thornton, Paul Brown and colleagues at BBC Monitoring and Haidar Lapcha, Sophia Khan, ACLED, Iraq Body Count, South Asia Terrorism Portal, Syrian Network for Human Rights and Violations Documentation Centre in Syria.

Say What?
Blatant examples of anti-Semitism and/or anti-Christian sentiments in mainstream society.

EU Considering Sanctions Against Israel

by Robert Tait

US & World News Report

The Attack on Christmas: Full Speed Ahead


The Pope Attempts to Reconcile Creation and Evolution

by Stoyan Zaimov

VII. The Grab Bag

Strange, unique and unusual news from across the spectrum of issues and topics.

Take a Ride on Noah's Ark

by Amanda Casanova

Take a ride on Noah’s Ark. Kentucky Withdraws $18 Million in Tax Breaks for Noah's Ark Theme Park. Answers in Genesis is backing the $172.5 million project and is now looking at possibly suing the state over the reversal.

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