Radiocarbon dating and the old wood problem

Suddenly, the walls of Jericho collapsed, and the Israelites charged straight into the town and captured it” (Joshua , emphasis mine).The long story short, the Bible claims that Jericho town had walls that fell at the feet of the invading Israelite forces which enabled them to conquer the town (I recently examined how this relates to biblical inerrancy).She dated the Jericho invasion to 1550 BC and found no signs of any habitation for the period around 1400 BC.Kenyon’s findings have proven conclusive and has since convinced the academy en masse (14).And experience in engaging with inerrantists taught me that no matter how compelling the counter evidence is against inerrancy the inerrantist will still stick to his inerrancy.

Traditional biblical chronology conflicts with the archaeological/radiocarbon chronology of Jericho.

“The overwhelmingly dominant scholarly position,” explains Christian Old Testament scholar Peter Enns, “is that the city of Jericho was at most a small settlement and without walls during the time of Joshua” (2).

Karen Armstrong, in her well articulated treatment of the Bible, explains that “Israeli archaeologists, who have been excavating the region since 1967, have found no evidence to corroborate this story: there is no sign of foreign invasion or mass destruction, and nothing to indicate a large-scale change of population” (3).

This brief background helps to sketch out the overwhelming consensus of scholars, Christian and non-Christian alike, on this issue.

Now, how does Bryant Wood factor in, as James suggests he does?

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