ISRAEL - Archaeological Dig at Joshua’s Tomb

Arno Froese

Archaeologists have begun digging at Khirbet Tibnah in the West Bank, a site where humans have settled for about 4,000 years and which is believed to be where the biblical Joshua lived and was buried, the excavation project at the site announced.

The dig is being led by Dr. Dvir Raviv and students from Bar-Ilan’s Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, alongside volunteers from Israel and abroad.

The site is also identified as Timnath-heres or Timnath-serah, a town which, according to the Book of Joshua, was given by the Israelites to the prophet and was where he lived and was buried. The tomb of Caleb is also believed to be at the site.

During preparations and surveys conducted at the hilltop site ahead of the opening of the excavation season, archaeologists found a number of artifacts, including a Roman spear head dated to the 2nd century AD. The spear head had a bent tip, indicating it hit something.

“This area is the largest and most accessible of its kind in the space between Jerusalem and Samaria. In addition, it is the capital of a district and was an important fortified site throughout many periods,” said Raviv. “In general, it is not obvious that an Israeli archaeologist will excavate in Judea and Samaria these days. Today there are only a few who do so.”, 29 July 2022

Arno's Commentary

This development reminds us of Joshua, who was old yet was told by the Lord, “Thou art old and stricken in years, and there remaineth yet very much land to be possessed” (Joshua 13:1b).

We often occupy ourselves with the articles supplied by various news media relating to the land of Israel and the so-called Palestinian Territories. As believers, however, we must look to our authority; namely, Holy Scripture. It states that there indeed is very much land to be taken possession of, which was originally promised by God to the people of Israel.

Looking to the north—Lebanon and Syria—much of it is Arab-occupied Israeli territory. That also goes for the east side of the Jordan River, and south to the “River of Egypt.” Most commentaries point to the Nile since it is called the great Egyptian river. Based on Deuteronomy 32:52, the interpretation of the Nile does not qualify because wherever Moses went, that was not the Promised Land. Thus, it is beyond Gaza southwest to the river el-Arish, also called the Brook of Egypt or Wadi el-Arish. Furthermore, Ezekiel 47:19 (NIV) states: “On the south side it will run from Tamar as far as the waters of Meribah Kadesh, then along the Wadi of Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea. This will be the southern boundary.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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