MemberNovember 1, 2021 at 10:46 am
The obvious site for Ai is et-Tell, assumed to be Ai until the tel was found to have no Late Bronze Age remains, the LBA being the era when the conquest was supposed to have occurred. Like Tel Arad, et-Tell was destroyed at the end of the Early Bronze Age and never rebuilt. This is very awkward for the standard chronology… the ideal site for Ai was apparently long destroyed and abandoned before Joshua arrived. Same problem with Jericho, as most of us are probably aware. An alternative site has been sought for Ai, the most publicised (by ABR) being Khirbet el-Maqatir. I think this is a sad waste of time and effort… the LBA conquest is a bankrupt connection. The pattern of LBA remains does not resemble the biblical descriptions of Canaanite civilisation, with many towns abandoned or with poor activity in an era when they are supposed to have been at their zenith. The Standard Chronology needs a drastic overhaul (or a U-haul to the dump). How much resource has it squandered?