Skanky Old Mongrel!
Got a citation for that?There were 9 layers of Jericho dating back to the Natufians. but at the time of the Exodus it had been abandoned.
I don't mind either way, but the Jericho story seems possible to me. If a mining operation was undertaken then to march around the walls making a song and dance would have been a clever distraction.
I spent about 90 seconds in reference before I found this........ it doesn't crush the story at all:-
'In the 19th and 20th centuries several organized excavations were carried out at the site. The most notable were those of the British archaeologists John Garstang (1930–1936) and Kathleen Kenyon (1952–1958). Garstang found fallen city walls, burned stores of grain and evidence of destruction of the city by fire, all of which he dated to about 1400 BC—right in line with the Biblical chronology of the city’s destruction'
I wouldn't write off all of those three books, although I haven't read them in yonks.The Exodus is myth as is Genesis and Numbers. Solomon's "empire" wasn't grand or glorious.. He had no copper mines.. those belonged to Egypt and then to the Canaanites...
Which stories do you believe?
I like the Exodus story and it's perfectly possible. What's wrong with the exodus story? Exaggeration doesn't crush history or we'd be writing off the entire First World war...
I believe most of G-Mark, with some additions and exaggerations edited out.