RE: Answersingenesis

From: Vince D. Calhoun (
Date: Sun Apr 08 2001 - 23:02:20 EDT

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    At 06:41 PM 4/8/2001 -0600, gordon brown wrote:

    >On Sat, 7 Apr 2001, Vandergraaf, Chuck wrote:
    > > Now I have a question for you, Gordon. Would you put the
    > sun-standing-still
    > > during one of the battles of the Israelites and the shadow moving backwards
    > > (as a sign of the earth moving in the opposite direction), as a sign that
    > > God would heal Hezehiah, in the same category as the floating axe head and
    > > Jesus' walking on the water? The implication of the floating axe head are
    > > rather minimal and involve a (temporary and local) suspension of some
    > > physical laws while the earth moving in the opposite direction might have
    > > all sorts of repercussions.
    >It is hard for me to categorize the sun-standing-still incident since it
    >is not clear what really happened. It seems that the popular understanding
    >of this passage (Josh. 10:12-14) is incorrect. Gibeon was in the hills to
    >the east of the battlefield, and so this must have taken place in the
    >morning, when no one should have been worried about the sun setting. Also,
    >if Joshua had been concerned about not having enough light, why would he
    >have thought to instruct the moon as to what it should do? The previous
    >verses seem to suggest that the battle began while it was still night. The
    >verb translated `stand still' actually means to be silent and is usually
    >translated that way or simply to cease, and nowhere else has the
    >stand-still translation.

    I'm no Hebrew expert, but I've found that the root you mention is
    translated "be still" in Ex 15:16 and 1 Sam 14:9 (stay where we are). I'm
    not disagreeing with your point...just wanted to mention that. :-)

    >The last verb in verse 13 is `go', rather than
    >`go down'. It is also interesting that the aspect of this event that is
    >deemed to be unusual is not what happened to the sun but the fact that the
    >Lord listened to the voice of a man (vs. 14).
    >I have seen several speculations about what happened. One of these is that
    >what Joshua wanted was not more light but rather more darkness such as
    >that that had resulted from the meteorological conditions that had been
    >occurring. Thus the sunset could still have occurred at the normal time.
    >Any interpretation that has been proposed probably still has problems.
    >Gordon Brown
    >Department of Mathematics
    >University of Colorado
    >Boulder, CO 80309-0395

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