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Joshua And Copernicus: Josh 10:12–15 And The History Of Reception

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Joshua's commanding shout "Sun stand still at Gibeon and Moon in the valley of Aijalon!" ( Josh 10:12b) during the campaign against the Amorite kings and framed by the conquest narratives in the Hebrew Bible has caused a good deal more controversy than the little rascal from Groningen. Much information on the relationship between the Bible and the new worldview can be gleaned from a thesis by Nicholas Copernicus's most devoted student, Rheticus. This chapter discusses the problem of the legitimacy of religion-inspired violence. It concentrates on the second item in the history of the reception of Josh 10: the collision between heliocentric and geocentric cosmological worldviews. The chapter starts and ends with a view on the city and the University of Groningen. It is dedicated to Florentino García Martínez, a great scholar and friend, who spent many years of his academic life at the Qumran Institute of our Faculty.

Keywords: Amorite kings; Florentino García Martínez; Hebrew Bible; Josh 10; Joshua; Nicholas Copernicus; Qumran Institute; University of Groningen

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