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Joshua and the battle of Jericho. Copyright, Films for Christ.

“…have all the people give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse…”

Scientists discover proof
The wall of Jericho DID fall!

Satellite photo of Israel - showing Jericho.

Wouldn't it be amazing to witness a miracle of God? Modern scientists have found evidence of a famous miracle that was recorded in the Bible. The ancient city of Jericho was surrounded by a great and mighty wall. The wicked people that lived inside were quite sure that it was impossible to penetrate. But nothing is impossible for God.

Like Indiana Jones, archaeologists are scientists that dig up ancient cities, graves and man-made objects from long ago. Through careful study, archaeologists have discovered that the Bible is extremely accurate. They have dug up the ancient city of Jericho and found that it perfectly matches the eyewitness account given in the biblical book of Joshua.

The Bible reports… Archaeologists discovered…

Jericho had a wall, and was tightly shut up (Joshua 2:15, 5; 6:1, 20). To escape the city, two spies had to use a rope to get down the wall.

Jericho was a real city. It had a high wall and was heavily fortified, at the time when the Israelites entered the country.

Trumpet. Photo copyrighted. Courtesy of Films for Christ.

“So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets… and the people shouted with a great shout… the wall fell down flat…” (Joshua 6:20).

Fallen bricks from Jericho's destructed wall. Photo copyrighted, ABR.

Archaeologist Dr. Bryant Wood stands beside piles of bricks from the collapsed city wall that were found in 1997 at the base of the city ruins, proving that “the wall fell beneath itself.”

Wall with dirt embankment. Photo copyrighted. Courtesy of Films for Christ.

“…so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city” (Joshua 6:20).

A large mound of earth were piled around the city for protection. So, the Bible was right when it said the Israelites had to go “up into the city.”

Rahab and the spies. Illustration Courtesy of Films for Christ.

A woman (Rahab) lived in the city wall; her house was part of the wall. She let Israelite spies escape down a rope through her window. Her house was later spared by God when the wall fell.

Houses were found, built against a portion of the city wall that did not collapse, verifying the Bible’s account of Rahab's house that was built against the city wall (Joshua 2:15), and that her house was spared (Joshua 2:14-21; 6:22-23).

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The Israelites “burned the whole city and everything in it” (Joshua 6:24).

A layer of ash 3-foot thick with burned timbers and debris was found.

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The Bible reveals the time of the Israelite conquest of Jericho and the land of Canaan (I Kings 6:1; Judges 11:26; I Chronicles 6:33-37) at the end of the 15th century B.C.

Jericho’s destruction happened at the end of the 15th century B.C., precisely the time when the Bible says it happened.

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This happened at the time of the harvest (Joshua 3:15; 2:6).

It only took a week for the Israelites to conquer Jericho.

God told them not to take anything from the city.

Many large jars full of charred grain were found in the destroyed buildings. This is a very rare find since, because of its value, grain was normally taken from a conquered city. The large amount of grain found at Jericho shows that the harvest had just been taken in / the city was surrounded for only a short time (seven days, Joshua 6:15) / the Israelites did not plunder the city (Joshua 6:18).

You can trust the Bible! More information…

Author: Paul S. Taylor (Christian Answers) and Bryant G. Wood, Ph.D. (Associates for Biblical Research).

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Article Version: October 28, 2023
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