Very interesting. I'm watching JJ Prasch and his comments on archaeology and scripture, contrast and compare. Jericho is the first item on the menu. I remember seeing Zola Levitt talk about this and other Biblical events back in the seventies and/or eighties, on a snowy, tweedy TV connection. He talked about "beit David" on a bit of stone or wall, various fairly newly discovered proofs of the Bible. Also Jericho--and this he said had been disproven. He didn't exactly say it that way, he said an atheist
female archaeologist had found there was no proof of the story as told in the Bible. I always wondered if there was evidence, but that she just was not determined to keep the door opened to the truth.
It sounds so far like there is proof that it happened the way the Bible says. I am fairly confident that Levitt probably thought the same way I did. B But it didn't help that this woman was not so great an archaeologist.
I also remember Tom Bombadil at The One Boards saying you couldn't prove that the slaughter of the innocents happened. I said, why would there be proof of this type of thing, Herod would have wanted to keep it quiet. But I have been reading The Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop, and he says that one...Pilot or one of the Roman officials of the time...Caesar? I'm not sure, Hislop says the comment from this well known person was that that he would "rather be Herod's pig than Herod's child". Because look what Herod did to children.
Here is a site that says Herod was very paranoid and slaughtered a lot of people who got in his way. ++> http://www.biblearchaeology.org/post/2009/12/08/The-Slaughter-of-the-Innocents-Historical-Fact-or-Legendary-Fiction.aspx
I do have to go home and look at The Two Babylons again, but am sure of the quote, that it was from a historically well known Roman source. That quote was evidence that Herod was murderous enough to have committed the murders the Gospel of Matthew accused him of.