The early discussions about the exclusion or integration of various apocryphes involve an early idea about the historicity of the core.The Ionian Enlightenment influenced early patrons like Justin Martyr and Tertullian - both saw the biblical texts as being different (and having more historicity) than the myths of other religions.
The search has centered on a tiny land, hemmed in on two sides by desert and on one side by the Mediterranean, that has, over the millennia, been plagued by recurrent drought and almost continual warfare.
Its cities and population were minuscule in comparison to those of the neighboring empires of Egypt and Mesopotamia.
2013 How to cite this article: Scheffler, E., 2013, ‘Jericho: From archaeology challenging the canon to searching for the meaning(s) of myth(s)’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 69(1), Art. Garstang) and to what extend the excavations (by Kenyon) had compelled exegetes to read the text of Joshua 6 historical critically.
In this article it will be probed (by referring amongst others to the work of Garstang and Kenyon) to what extent the archaeological excavations at Jericho have been influenced by a literal reading of Joshua 6 (e.g.
Arguing not for the abolition, but rather for a broader interpretation of the concept ‘canon’, some hermeneutical remarks will be made regarding Joshua 6 as a ‘cultic myth’, in view of its positive communication.
In the Revised Standard Version (RSV) Bible translation in my possession, in Joshua 6, there are two pen sketches.
Likewise, its material culture was poor in comparison to the splendor and extravagance of theirs.
And yet this land was the birthplace of a literary masterpiece that has exerted an unparalleled impact on world civilization as both sacred scripture and history.
Christian apologetics also offers rebuttals of opposing worldviews. Below are some excellent Christian apologetic resources from various Christian websites.
Archaeology and the Bible The story of how and why the Bible was written and how it fits into the extraordinary history of the people of Israel is closely linked to a fascinating tale of modern discovery.
Not since ancient times has the world of the Bible been so accessible and so thoroughly explored.