What evidence is there supporting “the day the sun stood still” in the bible in Joshua 10?
There are reports of extended daylight from lands on the same side of the world as Joshua. There are reports of extended darkness in lands on the opposite side of the world from Joshua. And, there are even reports of extended periods during which the sun stayed on the horizon - coming from guess where? The part of the world on the border between those regions of darkness and light!
The interesting point of this is that the extended darkness reports come from the part of the world that WOULD be dark if the events of Joshua 10 took place. The extended light reports are about parts of the world that would be light, if the events of Joshua 10 did take place. And, the Fiji report (of the sun on the horizon) is from the area where the border between light and night would be!
Places with reports of extended light included Egypt, China, India.
Extended darkness is reported to have been experienced in North America by various Indian tribes (including Omaha, Ojibway, Wyandot and others). There are reports of a long night for the Aztecs and Mayas of Central America. Peru in South America has its tale of 20 hours of darkness.1
There are reports of extended periods of neither total darkness nor total light with the sun hanging on the horizon for inordinately long periods, from the Fiji Islands.
This is pretty amazing.
Check some of these quotes, all from Worlds in Collision2, by Immanuel Velikovsky, who in turn refers to more ancient legends and documents:
Sahagun, the Spanish savant who came to America a generation after Columbus and gathered the traditions of the aborigines, wrote that at the time of one cosmic catastrophe the sun rose only a little way over the horizon and remained there without moving; the moon also stood still.
The Greeks as well as the Carians and other peoples on the shores of the Aegean Sea told of a time when the sun was driven off its course and disappeared for an entire day,...
The disturbance in the movement of the sun was followed by a period as long as a day, when the sun did not appear at all. Ovid continues: 'If we are to believe the report, one whole day went without the sun.'
- 1. In the book Memorias Antiguas Historiales Del Peru, by Fernando Montesinos (1593-1655), we read of King Titu Yupanqui Pachacuti
At the third year of reign of this king, ... say the old amautas (and they have it from their ancestors and from the reading of their quipus), the Sun wearied of journeying and hid himself from men [taking away] his light in order to punish them, so that there was no dawn for more than twenty hours.
This king ruled around 1400 BC, close to the time of Joshua.
Fernando Montesinos (1593-1655), Memorias Antiguas Historiales Del Peru, Ashgate Publishing Group, Farnham, Surrey, GBR 2010, chapter 10, p. 43, in Chapter X titled "Of the King Titu Yupanqui Pachacuti and of the Reforms Which He Made in his Kingdom", originally written about 1648, translated by Philip Ainsworth Means with Sir Clements R. Markham 1920, (Spanish edition 1882)
- 2. Immanuel Velikovsky, Worlds in Collision, MacMillan, 1950.