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New theory rejects the battle as described in the Bible but explains how the story evolved
The problem of Ai is simply stated. The Bible tells us that an important battle in the Israelite conquest of Canaan occurred at Ai. After being defeated by the Canaanites of Ai once, the Israelites launched a second attack on Ai; this time...
Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 1985
I’ve always been troubled by the Philistine hemorrhoids. The Hebrew word is ‘opalim (Mylpe). That was supposedly their affliction when they captured the Ark of the Covenant and placed it before a statue of their god Dagon. The...
Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 2008
Were they natural disasters, a demonstration of the impotence of the Egyptian gods or an undoing of Creation?
When the enslaved Israelites sought to leave Egypt, Pharaoh said no. The Lord then visited ten plagues upon the Egyptians until finally Pharaoh permanently relented—the last of the plagues being the slaying of the first-born males of Egypt...
Bible Review, June 1990