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The Second Great Battle of Jericho

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42 minutes AVM Presentations, Levittown, PA, 1998.

The Second Great Battle of Jericho tells a story that affects every Christian today. For decades secular archaeologists have regularly announced discoveries that seem to contradict the Bible. A prime example of this was a conclusion by a reknowned archaeologist who stated publicly that the biblical account of the conquest of Jericho could not be factual.
This eye-opening video shows how biblical archaeology uncovered the true story about the battle for Jericho and reversed world opinion. To experience the detective-like quest of biblical archaeology, viewers will join an actual dig to begin a search for the ancient city of Ai with Dr. Bryant Wood, Director of Associates for Biblical Research. Become part of the fascinating process of selecting the site, preparing for the excavation, and peeling back the layers of time to reveal the clues to ancient history.
The Second Great Battle of Jericho will help Christians realize that the Bible is under attack today as never before! This faith-building presentation will encourage viewers never to be discouraged by claims that contradict the Bible. And it shows how biblical archaeology is providing us with the solid answers to both defend and promote the truth of God's Word.

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This video features Dr. Bryant Wood, director of Associates for Biblical Research. The video includes a good foundation on the basics of archaeology and how archaeologists are able to derive information about a culture from what it left behind.

Several extensive excavations have been done at Tel es-Sultan, the site of ancient Jericho, in an effort to cofirm the story of the Israelite conquest of the city about 1400 BC. For a number of years, the excavations of John Garstang in the 1930s, which upheld the biblical account, were accepted by the archaeological community.

Then in the 1950s Kathleen Kenyon did further excavations there, but concluded that Jericho couldn't have been conquered by the Israelites in 1400 BC because the city had been abandoned for 1000 years by the time of Joshua. She based her findings on the fact that she didn't find what she expected. Her findings were immediately accepted by secular archaeologists, and the controversy has continued since then.

In this video Dr. Wood challenges Miss Kenyon's conclusions: thus the title. The basis of Dr. Wood's challenge to Miss Kenyon's conclusions are the fact that she never formally published her findings, and that she never catalogued the extensive collection of artifacts from the site. In particular, a type of pottery known as bichrome pottery would date the conquest to the biblical time frame. Miss Kenyon said she didn't find any, and therfore the city couldn't have been in existence at Joshua's time. But Dr. Wood re-examined the artifacts, and indeed found bichrome sherds among them.

A number of indicators have been found in the excavations that uphold the biblical account. One of the main ones was the remains of a mud brick wall which had been built on top of a stone revetment wall. This wall fell outward and provided a rampart on which Joshua's men could charge over in their attack. Another interesting find was charred grain found in broken storage jars. Grain was valuable in those days, and was sometimes used as a medium of exchange. If any residents of Jericho had escaped the attack they probably would've carried it off--or the conquerors would've taken it as booty. But God told Joshua to destroy all the spoil from the city except articles of metal for the treasury, as the city was to be dedicated to the Lord [1] (Joshua 6:17-24).

Dr. Wood also discusses his ongoing attempts to locate the city of Ai, which he thinks is at Khirbet el Maqatir.

Bruceb 18:56, 7 Apr 2005 (GMT)

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