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Jericho Unearthed (2009)

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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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The battle of Jericho is one of the most enduring biblical stories. The description of the "walls falling down" is among its most well-known accounts. Yet, the most famous excavation of this ancient site, carried out in the 1950's under the direction of Kathleen Kenyon, claims that there wasn't even a city at Jericho-much less city walls-at the time when Joshua supposedly conquered it. What are the implications of the battle of Jericho being disproven? Wouldn't the Bible be demonstrated untrustworthy? Couldn't it be argued that the Jewish people have no more right to the land of Israel than anyone else? The implications really are staggering! For more than fifty years scholars have built a wall of doubt against the historical accuracy of the Bible using Jericho as one of its cornerstones. It's time to face those challenges head on! It's time to determine whether or not the conclusions of modern scholarship stand in light of the evidence or if those arguments don't in fact collapse like Jericho's walls. Join us, as we return to the site of one of history's most important battles in order to explore the crucial question relating to Joshua's conquest: Did the walls of Jericho really come tumbling down? See for yourself in this episode of Expedition Bible.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Let the spade of archeological evidence speak November 30, 2009
This was an excellent film, well produced with scholars on both sides and definitely not boring. If you are looking for a film to bolster your apologetic, this will do it. If you are skeptical of the event as a whole and want to gather more information, it will help you as well.

In the film, both sides agree on the location of Jericho, that the walls of Jericho fell outwardly and the city was burned to the ground. All three of these points are in line with the Biblical account. The difference in the archeologist perspectives remain in the dating of the event. One side argued for 1550 BC, the other 1400 BC.

The arguments came down to the dating of pottery. If the earlier date was true, the wall would not have existed when the Israelites approached Jericho, this of course is not the Biblical account. The arguments for the later dating (Biblical account) were significantly stronger. The later dating for the pottery was demonstrated by contrasting duplicate pottery from the same time frame. This places the walls of Jericho collapsing during the time recorded in scripture.

I certainly recommend this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jericho Unearthed July 21, 2011
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I was looking for a video to use in Sunday School, since I was filling in for the real teacher. We are studying the Book of Joshua. Jericho Unearthed was very well received by the adult class and also a class of 10-12 year olds. I particularly liked the description of the way the walls were constructed and then fell down. The architectural evidence was fascinating and our young people were mesmerized. Thank you for a great video at a level everyone understood and enjoyed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars And the walls came tumblin' down August 26, 2009
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It's not a book, as a previous reviewer called it, but a 34-minute DVD that is well worth a look, especially if you are a student of the Bible. Many have uncritically accepted Kathryn Kenyon's findings of Jericho and have said that the battle of Jericho could have never taken place. Her flawed dating methods and analysis are exposed here in a well-researched video. The producer interviews several archeaologists--including one who excavated with Kenyon half a century ago--to give a plausible case that the Bible account is accurate and trustworthy. The previous work of Garstung--forgotten by many--is also used to show that critics ought to be more careful before pointing to Jericho as a source for the lack of trustworthiness of the Bible. I highly recommend this fast-paced (not boring) production, and I look forward to more work from Expedition Bible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indiana Jones Meets The Bible May 12, 2010
Entertainingly educational and intellectually fair and honest with some of the highest production values I have ever seen, Jericho Unearthed is a brilliant archeological defense of the Biblical story of the Battle of Jericho.

I am already looking forward to other DVD's within the series.
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