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Archive for December, 2017

Since this is Christmas Eve I thought I gather in one post what contradictions I dealt with surrounding the account of the Birth of Jesus from the bigger lists of Bible Contradictions we have refuted.  The following are from the last two years.  Lord willing I plan to add more posts to the list for next Christmas!

Here’s the listing:

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Since Christmas is around the corner I thought I look into this alleged Bible contradiction since it does touch on the genealogy of Jesus.

For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who was Zerubbabel’s father?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:

His father was Pedaiah.

The sons of Pedaiah were Zerubbabel and Shimei. And the sons of Zerubbabel were Meshullam and Hananiah, and Shelomith was their sister. (1 Chronicles 3:19)

His father was Shealtiel.

Then Jeshua the son of Jozadak and his brothers the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and his brothers arose and built the altar of the God of Israel to offer burnt offerings on it, as it is written in the law of Moses, the man of God. (Ezra 3:2)

Now these are the priests and the Levites who came up with Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua: Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra, (Nehemiah 12:1)In the second year of Darius the king, on the first day of the sixth month, the word of the Lord came by the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, saying, (Haggai 1:1)

After the deportation to Babylon: Jeconiah became the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel. (Matthew 1:12)

the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri, (Luke 3:27)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between December 15th-21st, 2017.

1.) God and Logic: Proof

2.) Audio Message: Resolving “Christmas” Bible Contradictions

3.) Greg Bahnsen Explains Evolution

4.) Presuppositionalism, Authority, and Sola Scriptura

5.) Honor and suffering

6.) Global Atheism Versus Local Atheisms

 

Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend OR that of Another REBLOG HERE

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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading a few weeks ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation of the Old Testament known as the Septuagint.  The Greek Septuagint numbering is different than the Hebrew and English Bible numbering and the verse I translated is from the English and Hebrew Psalm 69:5.

Here’s my translation:

“6 ὁ θεὸς, σὺ ἔγνως τὴν ἀφροσύνην μου,
O God you know my foolishness

καὶ αἱ πλημμελίαι μου ἀπὸ σοῦ οὐκ ἐκρύβησαν.”
and my wrongs are not hidden from you

Here are some observations:

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No doubt some people will be traveling to visit family and relatives as Christmas gets closer and/or people take a vacation or are done with the semester in school.

Here’s some nonfiction audio books recommendations to help with your travel whether you are waiting in the airport, on the bus or driving cross country.

Secret Warriors: The Spies, Scientists and Code Breakers of World War I

Taylor Downing. Secret Warriors: The Spies, Scientists and Code Breakers of World War I.  Ashland, OR: Blackstone Audio Inc, April 15, 2015. 13 hours, 8 minutes and 10 seconds.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This work is about how the Great War/World War One was a different military conflict than the wars that came before it since it was a war in which the world entered a new age with modern warfare.  I think the author presented his case quite persuasively with his focus being primarily on the British then German and French developments in the Western front.  I enjoyed this work in audio book format and found that the work overall was informative and interesting.  It was also read in such a way that helped the listeners endure over thirteen hours of materials without any problem.

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R.C. Sproul. The Knight’s Map.  Sanford, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing, May 1st 2016. 39 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

I have previously enjoyed two of the author’s Christian children’s book titled The Priest with Dirty Clothes and The Donkey Who Carried a King.  The author R.C. Sproul was not only a gifted theologian but wrote wonderful children’s book including this one.  In light of his recent death he will surely be missed.

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This time of year with holidays around the corner we often see the media attack the Bible and Christianity.  Sometimes it isn’t just only the media but also in our personal relationship as well where people say things like the claim that there are Bible contradictions.

I want to share in this post another resource answering Bible contradictions that has to do with Christ’s human birth.

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