We Hear You -- By: Editors

Journal: Bible and Spade (Second Run)
Volume: BSPADE 25:4 (Fall 2012)
Article: We Hear You
Author: Editors

We Hear You


Questions Concerning Jericho

“I have read, and reread Dr. Wood’s articles on the finds at Jericho. I am writing a book about Rahab, the spies and what it may have been like when the Israelites conquered the city. I have a good idea of the basics, but in order to make my book come alive, I need more detail about people’s lives and what they would have seen as the Israelite army moved closer. I have had trouble finding how wide/ deep was the Jordan at flood? How big/small was Rahab’s house? How far could they see at night? I am hoping that Dr. Wood or someone can let me know where to look for these types of answers.”


A Reply From Dr. Bryant Wood, ABR Director Of Research:

We do not have detailed information about the situation at Jericho at the time of the Conquest. All we have to go by is what the Bible tells us and what has been found at the site. There are no records concerning Jericho other than the Bible.

How wide/deep was the Jordan at flood? You can perhaps gain an idea of what the Jordan was like at flood by looking at the photo in the December 1940 issue of National Geographic Magazine.

How big/small was Rahab’s house? Please consult the “Life on the edge” plan at http://www.biblearchaeology.org/post/2008/05/01/Did-the-Israelites-Conquer-Jericho-A-New-Look-at-the-Archaeological-Evidence.aspx#Article. Each square = 10 meters.

How far could they see at night? I know of no reason to think that night vision in antiquity was any different than it is today.

Are There Two Bethsaidas?

“Do you have any articles dealing with whether there are two Bethsaidas, one located on the east of the Jordan and another located on the west? In my studies I am finding mixed opinions on the matter.”


A Reply From Gordon Franz, ABR Staff Member:

There are actually three sites that have been identified as Bethsaida. Rami Arav’s et-Tell is where all the tourists go. Mendel Nun’s Tel el- Araj is right on the Sea of Galilee. An article I wrote on the subject can be found at http://www.lifeandland.org/2009/02/text-and-tell-the-excavations-at-bethsaida/.

If Mark has access to Near Eastern Archaeology (formally Biblical Archaeologist), the June 2011 (vol. 74/2) issue has a discussion between Rami and Steve Notley. Steve originally addressed the issue of why et-Tell is not Bethsaida in the same named journal in 2007 (vol. 70), but he never suggests where he thinks it is.

My personal opinion is that et-Tell is not Bethsaida. Steve had some very convincing arguments. Tel-...

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