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Has the lengthened day of Joshua 10 been modeled in a simulation to show how this could have occurred?

The short answer is that, no, despite a persistent urban legend that NASA modeled this on one of their early computer systems, the reality is that such a simulation is impossible. According to Dr. ...
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What manuscript(s) does BHS get Joshua 21:36-37 from?

I don't usually do tl;dr summaries, but it seems it might help in this case... tl;dr summary OP Q: what the source of the Hebrew of those two verses [i.e., Josh 21:36-67]? A: the majority of ...
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If the Exodus and conquest of Canaan took place around 1446 BC, why are there so many references to iron in that period's writing?

The iron age does not refer to the invention of iron smelting. As Wikipedia says: It is defined by archaeological convention, and the mere presence of cast or wrought iron is not sufficient to ...
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How did the house of Rahab survive in Joshua 6?

Sometimes what is not mentioned in the Hebrew text is just as important as what is mentioned. The home of Rahab the harlot was collocated in the wall of Jericho (Josh 2:15), and her home also opened ...
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Is Joshua 21:36-37 authentic or an addition?

Joshua 21:36-37 (KJV): And out of the tribe of Reuben, Bezer with her suburbs, and Jahazah with her suburbs, Kedemoth with her suburbs, and Mephaath with her suburbs; four cities. These words do ...
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Is the verb in Joshua 2:1 meant to indicate that the spies were clients of Rahab's harlotry?

The claim that they slept with Rahab is preposterous and virtually unsupported from the biblical text. In fact, the term וישכב that the OP finds so unusual here, to indicate lodging, is not unusual at ...
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How does Psalms 89:10 say Rahab was crushed?

Isiah 51:9 & Psalm 89:10 is a symbolical expression for Egypt. Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that ...
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What is the significance that God ordered Joshua to circumcise the Israelites after they had crossed the Jordan River rather than before?

Just wanted to post a few scriptures ahead to give context for an answer at the end. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—...
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Why does Judges 18:1 say that Dan had no inheritance?

I believe you are missing the fact that chapters 17 through 21 of the book of Judges are out of chronological sequence. According to the time line provided at BibleHub, the incident recorded in Judges ...
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Is the verb in Joshua 2:1 meant to indicate that the spies were clients of Rahab's harlotry?

No, it is not meant to indicate they were clients per se; however, it is intended by the narrator to invoke an atmosphere of sexual immorality. A number of other resonances contribute to this ...
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What did Joshua write in Joshua 8:32?

Joshua was obeying the specifications Moses gave him before, simply. In fact, we read at Deuteronomy 27:1-3: “And Moses with the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying, ‘Keep all the ...
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How does Psalms 89:10 say Rahab was crushed?

The first thing to observe is that the OP is confusing two different nouns - names for different things that in Hebrew are different words: In Ps 89:10, Isa 51:9 has, רַהַב (Rahab) = storm, sea ...
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Does God consistently accept man’s repentance in the Old Testament?

There is no difference in the old or new testament here. The opportunity for repentance - or turning - comes from God, not man. Thus it makes no sense to ask if God will accept it. Of course God ...
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Why is Jude 1:5 translated 'Jesus' instead of 'Joshua'?

First, in the Greek, "Joshua" and "Jesus" are identical as they both translate Ἰησοῦς (Iesous), compare Matt 1:1, 16, 18, 21, 25, 2:1, etc (Jesus), vs, Acts 7:45, Heb 4:8, Luke 3:...
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What is the source for Rahab's husband in Matthew 1?

Salmon (or Salma/Salmah) is certainly mentioned in the Old Testament as being a descendant of Judah and an ancestor of David: Nahshon was the father of Salmon, Salmon the father of Boaz - 1 ...
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Why does Joshua set up 12 stones in the midst of the Jordan River?

The stones are called "standing stones." Standing stones are an ancient way of memorializing what God (or god) did in a certain location. When you see the stone - you can then inquire about what it ...
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Why did the Angel ask Joshua to remove the sandal from his foot and not his feet? (Joshua 5:15)

It seems to me that the phrase שַׁל־נַֽעַלְךָ֙ מֵעַ֣ל רַגְלֶ֔ךָ used in Joshua 5:15 can properly be translated as remove your sandals from your feet. Using singular terms to refer to plural situations ...
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What sin did the residents of Jericho commit?

God told Abraham that the Amorite were a wicked people. "But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full." (Gen. 15:16, KJV) Before ...
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What is the treasury of the Lord?

The English word "treasury" is translated from the Heb. "אוֹצָר", "otsar". (Strong's Heb. 214). The definition is treasure, store, treasury, or storehouse. Source: Biblehub It was the collection of ...
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What about witholding information?

We live in an imperfect world were, at times, one must choose between the lesser of two evils. Note these ethical dilemmas faced by people: to lie or to save lives. Lying, or spreading what is untrue,...
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In Joshua 5:2, why is Joshua commanded to conduct a second circumcision?

I believe he was referring to those who were born during their wanderings in the wilderness Joshua 5:3-6 NASB 3 So Joshua made himself flint knives and circumcised the sons of Israel at [b]Gibeath-...
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Is there a contradiction about memorial stones

No contradiction. - The desecrated Pillar (made by man) in [Deuteronomy 16:22] is not a natural uncut אֶבֶן Even/"Stone" (made by Elohim) found in [Joshua 4:8]. Yehoshua did not use tools on ...
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Does God consistently accept man’s repentance in the Old Testament?

To better understand the situation with Achan, two aspects need to be considered: confession and repentance. First, does Achan's comment signify repentance? Achan's words show more an acknowledgment ...
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Did the three tribes of Israel return to their lands before the complete conquest of the land in the book of Joshua?

OP asks: Did the three tribes disregard Joshua's instructions? No. The "two and a half tribes" (as they are consistently called) complete their work with the rest of the Israelites in Joshua 22: ...
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Why did the people of Jericho deserve such destruction?

The Curse on Jericho: a Personal Theodicy? [NOTE: An earlier version of the question suggested Joshua's curse was central to the OP concern. While not directly addressing the revised question, this ...
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What manuscript(s) does BHS get Joshua 21:36-37 from?

David's excellent answer has reminded me, there is a very comprehensive work by C.D. Ginsberg. Ginsberg's work, written in 1896, predates the BH/BHK/BHS and covers the first and second rabbinic ...
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