Science: Gibeon's Great Days

Bibleland archaeologists have long suspected that the tiny Arab village of el-Jib eight miles northwest of Jerusalem hides fascinating secrets. The village stands on an oval man-made mound, and the experts think that it may cover Gibeon, an ancient city whose inhabitants, according to the Book of Joshua, made a deal with the invading Israelites and so were not slaughtered, only enslaved. For four years, Professor James B. Pritchard of Church Divinity School of the Pacific, whose passion is checking the historical accuracy of the Old Testament, dug at el-Jib. He found many...

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