Researchers from Cambridge University have reportedly pinpointed the oldest solar eclipse ever recorded, dating back to 30 October 1207 B.C., which is also mentioned in the Bible in the book of Joshua. “Using a combination of the biblical text and an ancient Egyptian text, the researchers were then able to refine the dates of the Egyptian pharaohs, in particular, the dates of the reign of Ramesses the Great,” the University of Cambridge said on Monday, adding that the results have been published in the

Royal Astronomical Society journal Astronomy & Geophysics. Professor Sir Colin Humphreys from the University of Cambridge’s Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, said that the Bible offers strong clues relating to the astronomical event in question. The book of Joshua chronicles the Israeli leader taking the people of Israel into Canaan, a region of the ancient Near East, in which he prayed and saw the sun stand still in the midst of battle. CONTINUE