“…there is historical romance which in a frame work of history interweaves an invented tale. Some of the apocryphal tales of the apostles are in this class… There is legend in which popular fancy working for generations has surrounded a real person and with such a mass of extraneous matter that the historical kernel is hardly discernible.”- Sir William Mitchell Ramsay, Scottish archaeologist and New Testament scholar<quoted text>
1. Can you please elaborate? What message do you think the authors were trying to convey? Do you think that all words written in the Bible, even if presented as historic fact, were parables? What do you think that particular passage in Joshua was about if not literal?
It has always been common for writers trying to make a philosophical point to do it through simple story telling. I think there is much more meaning in many of the stories of the Bible than you can get from a naïve literal interpretation
"A myth is an image in terms of which we try to make sense of the world." - Alan Watts
Does that mean you do not accept the Laws of Nature that science has discovered?2. By "naturalism", I mean the assumption that our existence came about by some other means than intelligent design. There was no divine creator involved.
Ridiculous!3. What we 'do' know is more about the language of that time. And it wouldn't really matter since the passage does not suggest geocentricity.
If the Bible passage read,“Joshua commanded the Earth to stop rotating” nobody would have understood what it meant.
Wars between nations I consider political.4. What exactly do you mean by political? And, what would your explanation be for this historical event recorded on Sennacherib's Prism?
As Sir William Mitchell Ramsay pointed out “…there is historical romance which in a frame work of history interweaves an invented tale”.