Author’s note: This clerihew was first published in Bikwil magazine.

Joshua clerihew  

Well OK, maybe not ALL clerihews are historically accurate… 

Rivalling Damascus as the site of the oldest continuing human settlement (~11,000 years), Jericho ( is known to many only because the Biblical figure Joshua is said to have breached its city walls during his conquest of Canaan. Wikipedia says ( 

“The Battle of Jericho is described in the Bible (Joshua 6:1-27) as the first battle of the Israelites during their conquest of Canaan. According to the narrative, the walls of Jericho fell after Joshua’s Israelite army marched around the city blowing their trumpets. According to conventional Bible chronology, this battle would have been in c. 1400 BC.” 

And adds, circumspectly: 

“The historicity of the battle is debated among modern scholars.” 

Did Joshua invent daylight savings? At the battle of Gibeon, Joshua is purported to have asked God — successfully — to make the sun stand still in the sky so that he could finish the battle during daylight. 

Despite not being canonized, Joshua is considered by some to be the patron saint of spies and intelligence professionals. 

If Joshua WAS ‘sloshed’ at the Battle of Jericho, it wasn’t on Frangelico (, a hazelnut-flavoured liqueuer. According to Wikipedia: 

“The origins of Frangelico date back more than 300 years to the existence of early Christian monks living in the hills of Northern Italy. According to Barbero, the manufacturer in Italy, the name of the liqueur is based on a legend of a hermit named Fra. Angelico who “created unique recipes for liqueurs.””

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