"Did the city of Ai exist after Joshua destroyed it?" (Alleged Contradiction #E5825)
And Joshua burnt Ai, and made it an heap for ever, even a desolation unto this day.
The men of Bethel and Ai, an hundred twenty and three.
There are several possibilities:
This could be a different Ai (for instance, the United States contains over 35 places named Greenville)
- Ai could have been rebuilt in a nearby but distinct location
- Nehemiah was written long after Joshua; it is possible that after Joshua was written Ai was rebuilt.
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