The miracle of the sun and moon in joshua 10 as a solar eclipse

Daniel Vainstub, Hezi Yizhaq, Uzi Avner

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This paper offers an interpretation of the astronomical phenomenon described in Josh 10:12-13 as an annular solar eclipse. According to NASA data, this type of eclipse was seen in the skies of central Israel, where the ancient city of Gibeon was located, on October 30, 1207 BCE. A philological analysis of both Joshua 10 and Habakkuk 3 shows that the phenomenon is described using polysemic verbs in poetic style, describing the darkening of the sun by the moon “standing” in front of it.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)722-751
Number of pages30
JournalVetus Testamentum
Issue number4-5
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020


  • Eclipse
  • Gibeon
  • Joshua
  • Moon
  • Sun

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • History
  • Religious studies
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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