Christian apologetics is the defense of the Christian faith through the use of evidence and logical arguments.It offers arguments for the existence of God and specific arguments for the validity of Christianity.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 vivid description of faith and victory has been a source of inspiration for countless generations of Bible readers.But did it really happen as the Bible describes it?
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.
• Abstract • Introduction • Digging up Jericho and its challenge • The strategic location of Jericho • Of the history of archaeological excavation at Jericho and its results • Summary of the occupation history of Jericho and excavation results • Joshua 6: A diversity of interpretations • The text of Joshua 6 (RSV) • Reading Joshua 6 as fiction without archaeology • Reading Joshua 6 as fiction because of archaeology • Reading Joshua 6 as some kind of history in spite of archaeology • Jericho and the search for the meaning of myth • Joshua 6 as cultic myth • Searching for the (positive) meaning(s) of myth • Conclusion • Acknowledgements • Competing interests • References • Footnotes Joshua 6 functions as a test case for the idea of Biblical Archaeology par excellence.
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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.