In the Bible, discovered the most ancient mention of a solar Eclipse

Comparing a passage from the old Testament book of Joshua with ancient Egyptian texts, experts from Cambridge University came to the conclusion that the Bible, in all probability, contains the earliest description of a solar Eclipse known to date. According to scientists, we are talking about an event that occurred on October 30, 1207 BC.

In the fragment, which attracted the attention of the authors of the study, Joshua led his people to Canaan – a country in biblical times, stretching to the West from the North-West bend of the Euphrates, and from the Jordan to the Mediterranean sea (currently, this area divided among Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria). Experts have suggested that some of the phrases from this story are more likely to reflect real events than it seems at first glance. When Joshua prayed that the Sun stood still over Gibeon and the Moon over the valley Ajalon, “And the Sun stood still, and the Moon, until the people had avenged on his enemies”.

Researchers do not exclude that in this way in ancient times could be described a solar Eclipse, which occurred on 30 October 1207.

According to scientists, in favor of their assumption is another written source – carved on a granite block of the ancient Egyptian text, which focuses on the battle between the Egyptians, which at that period ruled by Pharaoh Merneptah, the people of Israel.

Experts suggest that if their version is true, then this information allows us to clarify the life and reign of some pharaohs, including Ramesses II the Great, considered one of the most famous rulers of Ancient Egypt. According to the calculations that scientists conducted on the basis of acquired knowledge, Merneptah rules of 1209 or 1210 BC, and Ramesses II – from 1276 to 1210 BC.

The study was published in the scientific journal Astronomy & Geophysics.


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In the fragment, which attracted the attention of the authors of the study, Joshua led his people to Canaan – a country in biblical times, stretching to the West from the North-West bend of the Euphrates, and from the Jordan to the Mediterranean sea (currently, this area divided among Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria). Experts have suggested that some of the phrases from this story are more likely to reflect real events than it seems at first glance. When Joshua prayed that the Sun stood still over Gibeon and the Moon over the valley Ajalon, “And the Sun stood still, and the Moon, until the people had avenged on his enemies”.

Researchers do not exclude that in this way in ancient times could be described a solar Eclipse, which occurred on 30 October 1207.

According to scientists, in favor of their assumption is another written source – carved on a granite block of the ancient Egyptian text, which focuses on the battle between the Egyptians, which at that period ruled by Pharaoh Merneptah, the people of Israel.

Experts suggest that if their version is true, then this information allows us to clarify the life and reign of some pharaohs, including Ramesses II the Great, considered one of the most famous rulers of Ancient Egypt. According to the calculations that scientists conducted on the basis of acquired knowledge, Merneptah rules of 1209 or 1210 BC, and Ramesses II – from 1276 to 1210 BC.

The study was published in the scientific journal Astronomy & Geophysics.

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