The Sun Standing Still in Joshua 10

According to Joshua 10:12-14, Joshua was at war and asked God for more daytime by praying that the sun and moon would “standstill”. We can interpret this literally as the sun and moon standing still but that wouldn’t be correct from an astronomical perspective. The sun does move relative to the solar system, however, since the earth is parented to the sun via its orbit around the sun, the sun is actually already still relative to the earth’s movement. The moon does move relative to the earth but it takes a month not a day. So God stopping the movement of the sun and moon wouldn’t have made a difference in daylight since the day-night cycle is governed by earth’s self-rotation on its own axis and not the movements of the sun and moon.

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