Joshua’s “Long Day” And Mesopotamian Celestial Omen Texts -- By: Bryant G. Wood

Journal: Bible and Spade (Second Run)
Volume: BSPADE 17:1 (Winter 2004)
Article: Joshua’s “Long Day” And Mesopotamian Celestial Omen Texts
Author: Bryant G. Wood

Joshua’s “Long Day” And Mesopotamian Celestial Omen Texts

Bryant G. Wood

Over 30 years ago a story circulated in Christian publications that calculations done on NASA computers produced evidence for Joshua’s long day. We published evidence in Bible and Spade (Spring-Summer 1975–82-86) showing that the story had no basis in fact. The story has surfaced once again and is making its way around the Internet. It is worth repeating the information we published in 1975, plus adding some new research that sheds light on the perplexing passage in Joshua 10:12–15.

Harold Hill and NASA

The story concerning NASA computers and Joshua’s long day originated with Harold Hill, an industrialist from Baltimore who gave lectures on science and the Bible. It was first published in October 1969 in Evening World, a newspaper in Spencer IN. From there it was picked up by numerous Christian publications. In 1974 Hill published the story in his book Living Like a King’s Kid.

The story, as told in Hill’s book, goes like this (pp.66–69):

The space scientists were checking the position of the sun, moon, and planets out in space, calculating where they would be 100 and 1, 000 years from now. In addition, they were looking into the trajectories of known asteroids and meteors so we wouldn’t send astronauts and satellites up only to have them bump into something. Satellite orbits have to be laid out in terms of where the heavenly bodies will be so that the whole thing won’t become a head-on traffic collision.

Well, as they ran the computer measurement back and forth over the centuries, it came to a halt. The computer stopped and put up a red flag, which meant that there was something wrong either with the information fed into the computer or with the results as compared to the standards. They called in the service department to check it out.

“Nothing’s wrong with the computer,” the technician said. “It’s operating perfectly. What makes you think something’s wrong?”

“Well, the computer shows there’s a day missing somewhere in elapsed time,” the operators said. They rechecked their data and scratched their Educated Idiot Boxes. There was no answer, no logical explanation. They were at a baffled standstill.

Then one religious fellow on the team said, “You know, one time when I was in Sunday school, they talked about the day the sun stood still.” He about got laughed out of the room, because nobody believed him, but they didn’t have anything else to try, so they invited him to show them what he was talking about....

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