BAR 16:02, Mar/Apr 1990
Did the Israelites Conquer Jericho? A New Look at the Archaeological Evidence
The story of the Israelite conquest of Jericho (Joshua 26) is one of the best known and best loved in the entire Bible. The vivid description of faith and victory has been a source of inspiration for countless generations of Bible readers. But did it really happen as the Bible describes it?
The site has been excavated several times in this century. Based on the conclusion of the most recent excavator, British archaeologist Kathleen Kenyon, most historians and Bible scholars would answer with a resounding No, certainly not! There was no city there at the time Joshua supposedly conquered it.
Some 30 years after her excavation of the siteindeed, 12 years after Kenyons deaththe detailed evidence has now become available in the final report. So it is time for a new look.