Analysis of the Current Identification of Ai and Other Possible Sites
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The current location of Ai at et-Tell has caused a number of problems for those who take the Bible seriously. The main problem is that there was no occupation of et-Tell during the time of conquest. Because of this many have stated that the conquest didn’t happen or that it happened as a peaceful infiltration. Others have taken another look at the current location and then suggested other sites where the biblical requirements match that of archaeology. The purpose of this paper is to take a close look at the evidence supporting and contrasting et-Tell with the biblical city of Ai. I will approach this from the viewpoint that God’s Word is the inspired word of God. It is historically true and accurate. Using God’s Word as my source and authority in matters that actually happened I will examine the evidence being unearthed, extra-biblical sources, topographical maps, and local tradition.