Stone Knives and Gilgal

Oct 28, 2011   //   by Abigail   //   Archaeology  //  No Comments

After these things, Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died at the age of a hundred and ten. And they buried him in the land of his inheritance, at Timnath Serah in the hill country of Ephraim Joshua 24:30

The Septuagent version of the Old Testament (an early Greek version written more than 200 years ago before christ) adds an interesting detail to this passage: ‘There they put with him, into the tomb in which they buried him, the knives of stone which with he circumcised the children of Israel in Gilgal’. Although the knowledge of the exact location of the tomb of Joshua has been lost. about ten miles notrth of Bethel (in the hill county of Ephraim) lies a village now called Kefr Ishua’a, “the village of Joshua”. In the hills surrounding the village are a number of ancient rock tombs. A French explorer, in 1870, discovered a cache of stone kives within one of these sepulchres, knives believed to be those which Joshua used 3000 years before.

 

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