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They [the Canaanites] also built a fortress in Numidia, where now is the city called Tigisis [probably in Algeria]. In that place are two columns made of white stone near by the great spring, having Phoenician letters cut in them which say in the Phoenician tongue: “We are they who fled from before the face of Joshua, the robber, the son of Nun” (History of the Wars of Justinian 4.10.21-22).In addition to Procopius, Moses of Khoren, an earlier Armenian historian (AD 370-86), also mentions the two inscriptions on the Phoenician columns2. as well as an anonymous Greek historians (AD 630) in the Chronicon Paschale . “The inhabitants of these [islands, i.e., the Balearic Islands north of Algeria and east of Spain] were Canaanites fleeing from the face of Joshua the son of Nun.”3. As Wood points out: “It is highly unlikely that the Phoenicians of North Africa would have invented such a demeaning tradition to explain how they came to be in North Africa.”4.
1. Anthony J. Frendo, “Two Long-Lost Phoenician Inscriptions and The Emergence of Ancient Israel,” Palestine Exploration Quarterly 134, no. 1 (January 2002): 37.
2. Ibid. 40.
3. Ibid. 40.
4. Bryant G. Wood, “Extra-Biblical Evidence for the Conquest,” Bible and Spade 18, no. 4 (2005): 98.