Here is another fanciful tale about the sun that was not reported by anyone other than Bible writers:
Most glaring defects:Joshua 10:12 On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the Lord in the presence of Israel: â€œSun, stand still over Gibeon, and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.â€� 13 So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies,as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. 14 There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the Lord listened to a human being. Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel!
1. Physical impossibility of Earth stopping rotation then starting again AND rotation is 1000 miles per hour at the equator. Atmosphere and oceans would not stop with the solid Earth â€“ thus, winds of hundreds of miles per hour and oceans sloshing over coastal areas.
2. No astronomers or observers worldwide noticed or recorded that remarkable event they could not have missed.
Of course, whoever wrote Joshua may not have had a way of knowing that the Earth orbits the Sun, not vice versa â€“ thus making the tale impossible. Modern people, however, should recognize it as fantasy.
WHY would any informed, educated person accept as true a tale of the sun and moon stopping / standing still (or a star doing so in the nativity tale) -- as anything other than fantasy? Do they not know that Earth rotation causes the appearance of sun, moon and stars moon movement / rising and setting?
WHY give any credibility to a source that presents that tale as true?