There are two difficulties connected with this book which have given rise to much discussion, This book resembles the Acts of the Apostles in the number and variety of historical incidents it records, and in its many references to persons and places; and as in the latter case the epistles of Paul (see Paley's ) confirm its historical accuracy by their incidental allusions and “undesigned coincidences,” so in the former modern discoveries confirm its historicity. 1480 down to the time of Joshua, and consisting of official communications from Amorite, Phoenician, and Philistine chiefs to the king of Egypt, they afford a glimpse into the actual condition of Canaan prior to the Hebrew invasion, and illustrate and confirm the history of the conquest.
The Amarna tablets (see ADONIZEDEC) are among the most remarkable discoveries of the age. A letter, also still extant, from a military officer, “master of the captains of Egypt,” dating from near the end of the reign of Rameses II, gives a curious account of a journey, probably official, which he undertook through Canaan as far north as to Aleppo, and an insight into the social condition of the country at that time.
It is an exciting story, recounting some of the most dramatic miracles ever seen in man’s history.For example, when Joshua “fit the battle of Jericho,” God intervened so that “the walls came tumbling down,” as the song says.Later in the campaign of conquest, when Joshua needed more time to complete his rout of the southern coalition of kings, God caused the sun to stand still.Joshua Harris, the former lead pastor of Covenant Life Church, the founding church of Sovereign Grace Ministries in Gaithersburg, Maryland, is now apologizing to Christians he hurt when he advised against dating in his best-selling 1997 book,calling it a "huge mistake.""Part of the reason this has been so hard for me is that I have so much of my identity tied up in these books.It's what I'm known for," Harris told writer Ruth Graham earlier this month in Vancouver, British Columbia, in a report for Slate."It's like, well, crap, is the biggest thing I've done in my life this really huge mistake?The book, marketed to teenagers and 20somethings, also discourages teen relationships and promotes courtship, a process in which a couple moves purposefully toward marriage with their parents' blessing and involvement as a better alternative to dating.