Researchers have distinguished the date of what could be the remotest solar eclipse yet chronicled. The event which transpired on 30 October 1207 BC is disclosed in the Bible, and could have ramifications for the lineup of the ancient world. Utilizing an amalgamation of the biblical text and an antique Egyptian text, the researchers were then able to cleanse the dates of the Egyptian pharaohs, distinctly the dates of the monarchy of Ramesses the Great.
The biblical text mentioned arrives from the Old Testament book of Joshua and has bewildered biblical scholars for centuries. It documents that after Joshua ushered the people of Israel into Canaan, a territory of the ancient Near East that encrusted modern-day Israel and Palestine, he prayed to the Sun and the Moon. His text was, “”Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon. And the Sun stood still, and the Moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies.”
Paper co-author Professor Sir Colin Humphreys from the University of Cambridge’s Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, who is also interested in relating scientific knowledge to the Bible said that if the words are narrating an actual inspection, then a paramount astronomical event was occurring. We have to decipher the text and find out its hidden meaning.
Humphreys, who is a Fellow of Selwyn College, said that modern English translations which pursue the King James translation of 1611 habitually elucidate this text to denote that the Sun and Moon stopped moving. This refers to solar eclipse. The explanation is sustained by the fact that the Hebrew word translated ‘stand still’ corresponds to a Babylonian word used in ancient astronomical texts to narrate eclipses.