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bible_contradiction_resolved_did_joshua_kill_everyone_in_gezer

For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Did Joshua kill everyone in Gezer?

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

Yes

“Then Horam king of Gezer came up to help Lachish, and Joshua defeated him and his people until he had left him no survivor.” (Joshua 10:33)

No, they were still there a little later.

“And Ephraim did not drive out the Canaanites who were living in Gezer; so the Canaanites lived in Gezer among them.” (Judges 1:29)

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

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bible_contradiction_resolved_is_dancing_a_sin

For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Is dancing a sin?

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

Yes

“And it came about, as soon as Moses approached the camp, that he saw the calf and the people dancing; and Moses’ anger burned, and he threw the tablets from his hands and shattered them to pieces at the foot of the mountain. 20 Then he took the calf which they had made and completely burned it with fire, and ground it to powder, and scattered it over the surface of the water and made the sons of Israel drink it. 21 Then Moses said to Aaron, “What did this people do to you, that you have brought such a great sin upon them?” 22 And Aaron said, “Do not let the anger of my lord burn; you know the people yourself, that they are prone to evil. 23 For they said to me, ‘Make a god for us who will go before us; for this Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt—we do not know what happened to him.’ 24 So I said to them, ‘Whoever has any gold, let them tear it off.’ Then they gave it to me, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf.” 25 Now when Moses saw that the people were out of control—for Aaron had let them get out of control to the point of being an object of ridicule among their enemies— 26 Moses then stood at the gate of the camp, and said, “Whoever is for the Lord, come to me!” And all the sons of Levi gathered together to him. 27 And he said to them, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel says: ‘Every man of you put his sword on his thigh, and go back and forth from gate to gate in the camp, and kill every man his brother, and every man his friend, and every man his neighbor.’” 28 So the sons of Levi did as Moses instructed, and about three thousand men of the people fell that day.” (Exodus 32:19-28)

“But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod, 7 so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. 8 And after being prompted by her mother, she *said, “Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.”” (Matthew 14:6-8)

“An opportune day came when Herod, on his birthday, held a banquet for his nobles and military commanders, and the leading people of Galilee; 22 and when the daughter of Herodias herself came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests; and the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you want, and I will give it to you.” 23 And he swore to her, “Whatever you ask of me, I will give it to you, up to half of my kingdom.” 24 And she went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.” 25 Immediately she came in a hurry to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26 And although the king was very sorry, because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he was unwilling to refuse her. 27 Immediately the king sent an executioner and commanded him to bring back his head. And he went and beheaded him in the prison, 28 and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother.” (Mark 6:21-28)

“Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: sexual immorality, impurity, indecent behavior, 20 idolatry, witchcraft, hostilities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:19-21)

No

“Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took the tambourine in her hand, and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dancing. 21 And Miriam answered them, “Sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted; The horse and his rider He has hurled into the sea.”” (Exodus 15:20-21)

“But Jephthah came to his house at Mizpah, and behold, his daughter was coming out to meet him with tambourines and with dancing. And she was his one and only child; besides her he had no son or daughter.” (Judges 11:34)

“Now it happened as they were coming, when David returned from killing the Philistine, that the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with joy and with other musical instruments. 7 The women sang as they played, and said, “Saul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands.”” (1 Samuel 18:6-7)

“And David was dancing before the Lord with all his strength, and David was wearing a linen ephod.” (2 Samuel 6:14)

““Hear, Lord, and be gracious to me; Lord, be my helper.” 11 You have turned my mourning into dancing for me; You have untied my sackcloth and encircled me with joy, 12 That my [a]soul may sing praise to You and not be silent. Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.” ( Psalm 30:10-12)

“They shall praise His name with dancing; They shall sing praises to Him with tambourine and lyre.” ( Psalm 149:3)

“Praise Him with tambourine and dancing; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flute.” (Psalm 150:4)

“There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every matter under heaven— 2 A time to give birth and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. 3 A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up. 4 A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-4)

“I will build you again and you will be rebuilt, Virgin of Israel! You will [a]take up your tambourines again, And go out to the dances of the revelers.” (Jeremiah 31:4)

“Then the virgin will rejoice in the dance, And the young men and the old together; For I will turn their mourning into joy And comfort them, and give them joy for their sorrow.” (Jeremiah 31:13)

“But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and [a]put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet; 23 and bring the fattened calf, slaughter it, and let’s eat and celebrate; 24 for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate. 25 “Now his older son was in the field, and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing.” (Luke 15:22-25)

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

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bible_contradiction_resolved_who_brought_evil_on_job

For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who brought evil on Job?

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

Satan

“Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and struck Job with severe boils from the sole of his foot to the top of his head.” (Job 2:7)

God

“Then all his brothers, all his sisters, and all who had known him before came to him, and they ate bread with him in his house; and they sympathized with him and comforted him for all the adversities that the Lord had brought on him. And each one gave him a piece of money, and each a ring of gold.” (Job 42:11)

(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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bible_contradiction_resolved_how_many_were_in_jacob_s_family_when_they_came_into_egypt

For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How many were in Jacob’s family when they came into Egypt?

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

70

and the sons of Joseph, who were born to him in Egypt, were two; all the people of the house of Jacob, who came to Egypt, were seventy.” (Genesis 46:27)

All the people who descended from Jacob were seventy people, but Joseph was already in Egypt.” (Exodus 1:5)

Your fathers went down to Egypt seventy persons in all, and now the Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars of heaven.” (Deuteronomy 10:22)

75

Then Joseph sent word and invited his father Jacob and all his relatives to come to him, seventy-five people in all.” (Acts 7:14)

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

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bible_contradiction_resolved_is_it_good_to_be_foolish

For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Is it good to be foolish?

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

It is good to be foolish.

For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.” (1 Corinthians 1:21)

Take care that no one deceives himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise.” (1 Corinthians 3:18)

We are fools on account of Christ, but you are prudent in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are without honor!” (1 Corinthians 4:10)

It is not good to be foolish.

The boastful will not stand before Your eyes; You hate all who do injustice.” (Psalm 5:5)

So then, be careful how you walk, not as unwise people but as wise,” (Ephesians 5:15)

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

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Pooh not a contradiction

Since October 2015 I have blogged responses to alleged Bible contradictions listed on the Skeptic Annotated Bible.  Apparently this week I hit a milestone: I have refuted over two hundred alleged Bible Contradiction!

Below is the listing of these posts:

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bible_contradiction_resolved_who_named_beersheba

For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who named Beersheba?

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

Abraham

Therefore he called that place Beersheba, because there the two of them took an oath.” (Genesis 21:31)

Isaac

So he called it Shibah; therefore the name of the city is Beersheba to this day.” (Genesis 26:33)

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

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bible_contradiction_resolved_how_many_of_adin_s_offspring_returned_from_babylon

For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How many of Adin’s offspring returned from Babylon?

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

454

the sons of Adin, 454;” (Ezra 2:15, Nehemiah 7:20)

655

the sons of Adin, 655;” (Nehemiah 7:19)

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

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bible_contradiction_resolved_was_enoch_the_sixth_or_the_seventh_from_adam

For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Was Enoch the sixth or the seventh from Adam?

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

He was the sixth from Adam.

When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth. 4 Then the days of Adam after he fathered Seth were eight hundred years, and he fathered other sons and daughters. 5 So all the days that Adam lived were 930 years, and he died. 6 Now Seth lived 105 years, and fathered Enosh. 7 Then Seth lived 807 years after he fathered Enosh, and he fathered other sons and daughters. 8 So all the days of Seth were 912 years, and he died. 9 Now Enosh lived ninety years, and fathered Kenan. 10 Then Enosh lived 815 years after he fathered Kenan, and he fathered other sons and daughters. 11 So all the days of Enosh were 905 years, and he died. 12 Now Kenan lived seventy years, and fathered Mahalalel. 13 Then Kenan lived 840 years after he fathered Mahalalel, and he fathered other sons and daughters. 14 So all the days of Kenan were 910 years, and he died. 15 Now Mahalalel lived sixty-five years, and fathered Jared. 16 Then Mahalalel lived 830 years after he fathered Jared, and he fathered other sons and daughters. 17 So all the days of Mahalalel were 895 years, and he died. 18 Now Jared lived 162 years, and fathered Enoch.” (Genesis 5:3-18)

Adam, Seth, Enosh, 2 Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared,” (1 Chronicles 1:1-2)

the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan, 38 the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.” (Luke 3:37-38)

He was the seventh from Adam.

It was also about these people that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord has come with many thousands of His holy ones,” (Jude 14)

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

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bible_contradiction_resolved_when_were_the_stars_made

For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: When were the stars made?

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

On the fourth day of creation, after the earth was made.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. 17 God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.” (Genesis 1:16-19)

Before the earth was made.

Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you [a]have understanding, 5 Who set its measurements? Since you know. Or who stretched the measuring line over it? 6 On what were its bases sunk? Or who laid its cornerstone, 7 When the morning stars sang together And all the sons of God shouted for joy?.” (Job 38:4-7)

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

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bible_contradiction_resolved_who_was_bashemath_s_father

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

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

Elon the Hittite.

also Basemath, Ishmael’s daughter, the sister of Nebaioth.” (Gen 36:3)

Ishmael.

Esau took his wives from the daughters of Canaan: Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Oholibamah the daughter of Anah, the granddaughter of Zibeon the Hivite; 3 also Basemath,, the sister of Nebaioth.” (Genesis 36:2-3)

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

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bible_contradiction_resolved_how_many_languages_were_there_before_the_tower_of_babel_was_built

For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How many languages were there before the Tower of Babel was built?

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

There was only one language.

Now all the earth used the same language and the same words.” (Genesis 11:1)

6 And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they have started to do, and now nothing which they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth; and they stopped building the city. 9 Therefore it was named Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.” (Genesis 11:6-9)

There were many languages.

From these the people of the coastlands of the nations were separated into their lands, every one according to his language, according to their families, into their nations.” (Genesis 10:5)

These are the sons of Ham, according to their families, according to their languages, by their lands, and by their nations.” (Genesis 10:20)

These are the sons of Shem, according to their families, according to their languages, by their lands, and according to their nations.” (Genesis 10:31)

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

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bible_contradiction_resolved_how_many_of_bigvai_s_offspring_returned_from_babylon

For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How many of Bigvai’s offspring returned from Babylon?

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

2056

the sons of Adonikam, 666;” (Ezra 2:14)

2067

the sons of Adonikam, 667;” (Nehemiah 7:19)

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

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Someone on social media asked me about the Hebrew in regards to Genesis 3:7.  

Genesis 3:7 in the NASB read “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves waist coverings.

The question is “the word “then” in Genesis 3:7 temporal or resultant in the Hebrew context?”

Here’s my answer and I also thought it be worthwhile to think about the application of his grammatical point.

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bible_contradiction_resolved_who_brought_joseph_into_egypt

For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who brought Joseph into Egypt?

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

The Midianites

Meanwhile, the Midianites sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, Pharaoh’s officer, the captain of the bodyguard.” (Genesis 37:36)

The Ishmaelites

Then some Midianite traders passed by, so they pulled him out and lifted Joseph out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. So they brought Joseph into Egypt.” (Genesis 37:28)

Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an Egyptian officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the bodyguard, bought him [a]from the Ishmaelites, who had taken him down there.” (Genesis 39:1)

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

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