Ancient Patriarchs Disclaimer:I found these two articles below interesting because of the recorded instances of several ‘long days’ in antiquity, but I do not necessarily agree with one opinion below that the long day of Joshua would have coincided with the report about a long day during the time of Emperor Yao, as the timing would be some 800 years off. Moses – according to David Rohl’s plausible Exodus dating – lived around1650 BC and Joshua’s Sun event too place perhaps after 1600 BC, whereas Emperor Yao purportedly(?) lived around 2300-2200 BC. Thank you Kurt for this correction. I didn’t really proofread these re-posted articles as thoroughly as I should have.
New february 2020 disclaimer: I have edited this older article according to the new Septuagint dating of the Global Flood around 3000 BC, and the new dating of the Exodus by David Rohl around 1650 BC.
MORE ON CHINESE CHRONOLOGY
It could be of course that the generally accepted Chinese chronology is off as the Egyptian chronology was, according to David Rohl, as corrected in his new Chronology, because some pharaohs did not reign consecutively but at the same time in contemporary kingdoms.
The dating of the earliest Chinese may have similar problems, but not much more could be said about it, as most in academia firstly assume these kings to be at least legendary if not mythical, and secondly, it is an awfully long time ago and there is not really any ancient time-table like Manetho’s king list provided for Egypt.
We at Ancient Patriarchs however have no qualms to accept the earliest legendary patriarchs to be as real as later emperors and dynasties, but as far as dating..? No one REALLY knows exactly. as they are merely anyone’s educated guesses, where the earliest date is 1766 BC for the Shang dynasty. Most Non-Darwinian historians of ancient chronology, place the Flood around 2400-2350 BC at the earliest, but we at Ancient Patriarchs – since learning a better chronology as detailed in our article “I was wrong” – now accept the Flood dating according to the Septuagint Bible of around 3000 BC based on the hundred years older ages of when the early patriarchs had their first sons, as opposed to the Masoretic text that dropped the 1-s from the ages, like 35 instead of 135.. That would put the Division of the Earth
around 2300-2250, and the Tower of Babel around 2700 BC, which would be 500 years before the generally postulated 2200 BC dating of Da Yu. If Da Yu (Yu the great) lived around 2200 BC, then Emperor Yao and his great grandfather Huang Di must have lived at least a couple of hundred years before that around 2400 BC? That would leave no time for a 2400-2350 BC Flood, and for Chinese patriarchs Shen Nong Shi, Fuxi and Nüwa to have moved from Sumeria to the Yellow River! [EDITED Feb. 2020]
The Day the Sun Stood Still–Joshua’s Long Day
“Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.
“And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel….” Book of Joshua 10
Article 1: THE LONG DAY OF JOSHUA
One of the evidences for the historicity of the long day recorded in Joshua 10:13 and reiterated in Habakkuk 3:11 lies in the large body of traditions from many parts of the world according to which there was a long day (or night, or evening, depending upon the location) at about the same time that Joshua lived.
David Nelson dramatically informs us of this fact as follows: Chinese history speaks of Yao, their king, declaring that in his reign the sun stood so long above the horizon that it was feared the world would have been set on fire; and fixes the reign of Yao at a given date, which corresponds with the age of Joshua the son of Nun. . . .