Last week, we presented a compelling case, made by Kathleen Kenyon, that the Battle of Jericho never happened as described in the Bible. It turns out that the Bible wins this battle. Let’s take a look at the rebuttals to Kenyon’s theory.
In 701 B.C., King Sennacherib of Assyria planned to attack Jerusalem. Hezekiah, the king of Israel, took steps to cut off freshwater sources outside of the city in case they were discovered and used by the Assyrian army. According to the above Bible passages, he also ordered his workers to construct a tunnel that would bring water from the Spring of Gihon to the city of Jerusalem during the siege.