Joshua 10:12-14 tells us that when Joshua led the Israelits against the Amorites, he commanded the sun and the moon to stand still for about a full day so the Israelites had time to obtain total victory over their enemy. It is probably best, in this day of scientific inquiry, if one doesn’t think of the physical consequences of such an event. Probably the story wasn’t told for the purpose of recording Divine intervention into the laws of nature or to assert that it actually happened. Perhaps its point was that Israel was God’s chosen people. In verse 14 the writer tells us, “There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the LORD listened to a human being. Surely the LORD was fighting for Israel!”
Joshuah Stops the Sun CHAGALL
See http://www.artrev.com/art/detailview.asp?pid=7888671428&aid=102&mid=112&original=No for a copy of the above photograph of the lithograph. Other painting on the subjects tend to be much more gruesome than this treatment of Chagall.
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