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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 Matthew 4:19.  Here is my translation:

“καὶ λέγει αὐτοῖς· Δεῦτε ὀπίσω μου, καὶ ποιήσω ὑμᾶς ἁλιεῖς ἀνθρώπων. ”
And He *said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Here are some observations:

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Having thus far refuted 106 alleged Bible contradictions listed by the Skeptic Annotated Bible I noticed over time a pattern of repeated mistakes made when there’s an assertion of a contradiction from the Bible.

In dealing with alleged Bible contradictions its always important to keep the definition of what’s a contradiction front and center in one’s mind before dealing with specific examples.  As given in many of my posts here’s the definition of a contradiction:  “A contradiction occurs when two or more claims conflict with one another so that they cannot simultaneously be true in the same sense and at the same time.  To put it another way, a Bible contradiction exists when there are claims within the Bible that are mutually exclusive in the same sense and at the same time.”

Below I list seven types of frequent mistakes made by the skeptics so that readers can be equipped in identifying frequent errors made when someone claimed two or more passages of Scripture are contradicting.  Some of these types of errors are over-lapping.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How long did Jehoash reign?

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

40 years

In the seventh year of Jehu, Jehoash became king, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Zibiah of Beersheba.” (2 Kings 12:1)

16 years

In the thirty-seventh year of Joash king of Judah, Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz became king over Israel in Samaria, and reigned sixteen years.” (2 Kings 13:10)

(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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Stuart Scott. Communication and Conflict Resolution: A Biblical Perspective. Bemidji, MN: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, July 10th 2005. 36 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Need to work on your communication and conflict resolution skill biblically?  This booklet by Stuart Scott a professor of biblical counseling might be what you are looking for.  Don’t let the size of this pamphlet deceive you; there’s a lot of helpful materials found in its pages and I personally took a few weeks of slowly digesting it and taking lots of notes when I read it.

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This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Sing with Thanksgiving.

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I’ve been preaching the book of Ruth.  It has been taking a lot more time in preparation.

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Seems like today people often object to Christianity from the worldview of Naturalism.

Greg Bahnsen addresses the problem of the Naturalist worldview; he was one of my favorite hero and Presuppositonal apologist.

Check it out:

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