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For the Bibles most incredible story - the standing still of the moon and sun while Joshua routed the foe - there is worldwide evidence. Velikovsky at the start of a long series of citations: Allowing for the difference in longitude, it must have been early morning or night in the Western Hemisphere.
Immanuel Velikovsky, studied natural sciences at Edinburgh University, history, law and medicine (M.
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On different occasions, Sir Edwin Ball, the great British astronomer, and Professors Pickering of the Harvard Observatory, Maunders of Greenwich, and Totten of Yale have traced this back to the time of Joshua.
Velikovsky Believed that "Joshua's Long Day" actually occurred due to the evidence provided by the number of similar stories documenting the occurrence from around the world and from many cultures.
Like a detective among the sciences, (archaeology, paleontology, geology, astronomy, psychology, anthropology, physics) he has put together by deductive reasoning a chain of circumstantial evidence that may deeply affect the world of thinking men.
The links of his reasoning are forged out of the history and literature of ancient and modern tribes and nations from all over the earth.
Text and footnotes sparkle with confirming data from the Bible and the Talmud, from Egyptian papyri, Babylonian astronomical tablets, Mayan and Aztec calendars, from the folklore of Arabia, India, North America, Tibet, China, Peru.
Similarly concerted testimony repeats itself again and again in other wonder stories. Velikovsky quotes dozens, scores, even hundreds of confirmations.
And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. If you ask an unbeliever of these incidents, or of the common traditions of early nations that a day was lost about the time when the, "volume of truth", informs us that the sun hasted not to go down for the space of a whole day, you will find that he had never thought on these points: they are not of the character which he is inclined to notice. We have, as an example, that which is related of Bacchus in the Orphic hymns, wherein it says that this god-man arrested the course of the sun and the moon. The Chinese also, had a legend of the sun standing still, and a legend was found among the Ancient Mexicans to the effect that one of their holy persons commanded the sun to stand still, which command was obeyed. Sahagun, the Spanish savant who came to America a generation after Columbus and gathered the traditions of the aborigines, wrote that at the time of one cosmic catastrophe the sun rose only a little way over the horizon and remained there without moving; the moon also stood still.