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the women of Israel, who wove for the Tabernacle also refused to donate their golden ornaments for the calF

Also the Historical Biblical narrative is supported by outside sources
May 29, 2019, 12:13 pm
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Its written in the Bible :

“This is the inheritance of the tribe of the sons of Issachar according to their families, the cities and their villages.
24. And the fifth lot came to the tribe of the sons of Asher according to their families.
25. And their border was Helkath, and Hali, and Beten, and Achshaph,”

(Joshua 19 23-25)
Achshaph one of the cities listed above conquered by Joshua, Achshaph is known as one of the oldest Canaanite cities as attested by The Egyptian Execration texts which reveal a significant amount of history from the 20th to 18th centuries BC. The Execration texts, according to Israeli archaeologist Yohanan Aharoni, “reflect the changes that took place in Palestine during the twentieth to nineteenth centuries B.C.” Achshaph is mentioned in Egyptian Execration Texts of the 19th and 18th centuries b.c., in the Karnak list of places conquered by Tuthmosis III (1490-1436 b.c.).  The Egyptian Execration Texts were discovered in Egypt and are comprised of two groups of texts from the 18th and 19th centuries BCE. The texts are written curses in the Egyptian Hieratic script, can be found today in Berlin and Brussels.

Achshaph is also known from the Tell el-Amarna letters of the 14th cent. b.c., and in a 13th cent. Egypian letter.

The Amarna letters  sometimes referred to as the Amarna tablets, and cited with  are an archive, written on clay tablets, primarily consisting of diplomatic correspondence between the Egyptian administration and its representatives in Canaan and Amurru during the New Kingdom, between c. 1360-1332 BC (see here for dates). The letters were found in Upper Egypt at el-Amarna, The Amarna letters are unusual in Egyptological research, because they are mostly written in a script known as Akkadian cuneiform, the writing system of ancient Mesopotamia, rather than that of ancient Egypt, and the language used has sometimes been characterised as a mixed language, Canaanite-Akkadian. The known tablets total 382, of which 358 have been published by the Norwegian Assyriologist Jørgen Alexander Knudtzon’s in his work, Die El-Amarna-Tafeln, which came out in two volumes (1907 and 1915) and remains the standard edition to this day. The texts of the remaining 24 complete or fragmentary tablets excavated since Knudtzon have also been made available

The Papyrus Anastasi also attests to Achshaph. The Papyrus Anastasi I officially designated papyrus British Museum 10247 is an ancient Egyptian papyrus containing a satirical text used for the training of scribes during the Ramesside Period, the Nineteenth and Twentieth dynasties). This papyrus is important as it lists towns in  Canaan during the New Kingdom.

City states mentioned in the book of Joshua thus have been confirmed to exist from non Biblical writing from the time period of Joshua.