Re: Sun Did Stand Still

Joel Duff (
Fri, 14 Mar 1997 22:50:58 GMT

Glenn Morton responding to Allen McCarrick:
>There is no account of this in Herodotus' History that I can find. I just
>searched on the word day through the entire work (on disk) and nothing like
>a long day report showed up.
>There is one aspect of this account that needs to be raised. I mentioned
>earlier that one could not currently verify the account, since the relative
>positions of the sun and moon were such that when things started up again,
>all was the same as if no time had intervened.
>But there is another unverifiable part of the story. How did the army know
>that the day had lasted for twice the normal time? They did not have
>watches and so could not independently verify the length of time. Since
>they were busy fighting, it would seem unlikely that they would be able to
>time the event by measuring their own pulse of their hearts. So how did
>they know that the actual time was twice that of a normal day?
>Let me suggest that the long day was an appearance, a psychological
>perception to the battle participants. Watching Discover Magazine last
>Wednesday, they told about a cop who was faced with a desperate situation in
>which he needed to draw his gun and kill the bad guy before he himself got
>shot. The cop said he was holding a night stick in his hand. He remembers
>dropping the stick, drawing the gun, aiming at the wrong person, adjusting
>his aim, then firing and then hearing the sound of the night stick hitting
>the ground. An object dropped from 1.5 meters high hits the ground in .55
>second. The cop thought that a lot of time had passed.
>If Joshua's army was filled with adrenalin, their perception of time might
>have been quite skewed. But such an adrenalin rush could easily have been
>the miracle in answer to the prayer.

Don't think I can buy this one. I read something a couple of days ago that
I was going to post and didn't but maybe this will stoke the flames of this
whole thread again:

Isaiah 38:7-8
""And this shall be the sign to you from the Lord, that the Lord will do
this thing that He has spoken:
"Behold, I will cause the shadow on the stairway, which has gone down with
the sun on the stairway of Ahaz, to go back ten steps." So the sun's shadow
went back ten steps on the stairway on which it had gone down.""

it stopped its motion it seems this represents a more miraculous
circumstance. Not only did the earth stop its motion but it turned
backwards for a time (unless this is some sort of unknown retrograde motion
of the sun).

My point is that IF this is a clear case of miraculous intervention then I
don't see any point in trying to explain away Joshua's long day.


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