Over the past few days I’ve been enjoying one of my birthday gifts from my wife, “The Grand Design” by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow.
In it they remind us of a passage in the Book of Joshua where the Lord stops the sun and the moon in their place so that Joshua may defeat the Amorites. The passage goes like this:
On the day the LORD gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the LORD in the presence of Israel: “O sun, stand still over Gibeon, O moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. – Joshua 10:12-13
While I have always scoffed at this tale as pure legend, Hawking and Mlodinow remind us on page 87 that if this were to truly have happened the earth would have had to stop moving – because it is the earth that revolves around the sun and not vice versa. While the authors of Joshua were respectfully clueless about the laws of motion and gravity, we now know from Newton’s laws that “anything not tied down would have remained in motion at the earth’s original speed (1,100 miles per hour at the equator).”
Can you imagine the chaos, death and destruction such an event would have caused not only to the enemies of the Israel, but to every living thing on the planet when the earth stopped short? And consider what effect would it have had on oceans? Tsunamis would’ve certainly ensued!
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