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"The Battle of Jericho: Myth or Fact?" is a comprehensive exploration into one of the most debated events in Biblical archaeology. Authored by a conservative Evangelical Christian Apologist and Biblical Archaeologist, this scholarly work delves deeply into the historical and archaeological evidence surrounding the ancient city of Jericho, famously known for its walls that collapsed at the blast of Joshua’s trumpet as recounted in the Bible.


Structured in a systematic and detailed manner, the book begins with an introductory overview of biblical archaeology, providing readers with essential methodologies, tools, and principles used in archaeological research. It establishes the foundational techniques for uncovering and interpreting historical data, emphasizing the comparative value of archaeology in illuminating biblical narratives.


Subsequent chapters are devoted to a chronological examination of the key archaeological expeditions at Jericho, from Charles Warren's pioneering 1868 excavation to the ongoing Italian-Palestinian Jericho Expedition's research up to 2023. Each chapter meticulously analyzes the objectives, findings, methodologies, and historical impacts of the respective excavations, presenting a critical assessment of their contributions to both archaeology and biblical scholarship.


Particularly noteworthy is the detailed discussion of the contrasting findings and interpretations of archaeologists such as John Garstang, who supported the biblical timeline, and Kathleen Kenyon, whose conclusions challenged it. The book revisits Bryant G. Wood’s critical contributions in the 1980s and 1990s, reevaluating earlier findings and offering new perspectives based on pottery analysis and radiocarbon dating techniques.


The culmination of these discussions leads to an in-depth analysis of the walls of Jericho, examining their construction, the evidence of their destruction by fire, and the lessons these findings provide for both archaeology and faith. The narrative then synthesizes all archaeological data to address the central question: "Was the Battle of Jericho a myth or a historical fact?"


Looking forward, the final chapters discuss the future of biblical archaeology with a focus on emerging trends, innovations, and the increasing role of digital tools in enhancing archaeological accuracy. It also considers the ethical implications of excavating sacred sites, emphasizing the need for collaborative endeavors that respect cultural and spiritual heritage.


"The Battle of Jericho: Myth or Fact?" is designed for a diverse audience, appealing to academic scholars, students of archaeology and biblical studies, and lay readers interested in the historical validity of biblical events. This volume seeks to affirm the historical reliability of the Bible through rigorous academic inquiry, grounded in a steadfast faith in its divine inspiration.



  • Publisher: ‎ Christian Publishing House (May 1, 2024)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Paperback: ‎ 155 pages
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 979-8324558154
  • Item Weight: ‎ 7.7 ounces
  • Dimensions: ‎ 6 x 0.35 x 9 inches



EDWARD D. ANDREWS (AS in Criminal Justice, BS in Religion, MA in Biblical Studies, and MDiv in Theology) is CEO and President of Christian Publishing House. He has authored over 220+ books. In addition, Andrews is the Chief Translator of the Updated American Standard Version (UASV).


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