At 10:19 PM 02/05/02 -0400, Walter Hicks wrote:
>Jan de Koning wrote:
> > My uncle showed in his study about the El Amarna
> > tablets and the OT (in Dutch, published in 1942), that numbers in the early
> > books of the Bible do not make sense in a modern sense. To illustrate that
> > he took the size of Jericho when Israel invaded Canaan. That size is
> > available through the excavations. He compared it with the number of men
> > that had to walk each day around the city, and the seventh day seven
> > times. That is clearly impossible, if we take the modern sense of the
> > numbers used. Even when we replace "thousand" by "clan" it appears to be
> > impossible.
>What little I have read indicates that Jericho was a fairly small place.
>How would that make marching around it impossible? Was it really large
>and I have been misinformed?
No, the fact that it was small would make marching of 600.000 times 7 is
four million two hundred thousand nen in a day around it impossible.
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