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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How should the Moabites be treated?

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

Do not fight against them or take their land.

Then the Lord said to me, ‘Do not attack Moab, nor provoke them to war, for I will not give you any of their land as a possession, because I have given Ar to the sons of Lot as a possession.” (Deuteronomy 2:9)

Kill them and take their land.

Then he said to them, “Pursue them, for the Lord has handed your enemies the Moabites over to you.” So they went down after him and took control of the crossing places of the Jordan opposite Moab, and did not allow anyone to cross. 29 They struck and killed about ten thousand Moabites at that time, all robust and valiant men; and no one escaped. 30 So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land was at rest for eighty years.” (Judges 3:28-30)

There is no longer praise for Moab; In Heshbon they have devised disaster against her: ‘Come and let’s cut her off from being a nation!’ You too, [a]Madmen, will be silenced; The sword will follow you.” (Jeremiah 48:2)

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

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who was Noah’s youngest son?

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

Ham

Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. 23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it on both their shoulders and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were turned away, so that they did not see their father’s nakedness. 24 When Noah awoke from his wine, he knew what his youngest son had done to him.” (Genesis 9:22-24)

Japheth

Now after Noah was five hundred years old, Noah fathered Shem, Ham, and Japheth.” (Genesis 5:32)

And Noah fathered three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Genesis 6:10)

On this very same day Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark, ” (Genesis 7:13)

Now the sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth; and Ham was the father of Canaan.” (Genesis 9:18)

Now these are the records of the generations of the sons of Noah: Shem, Ham, and Japheth; and sons were born to them after the flood. (Genesis 10:1)

Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.” (1 Chronicles 1:4)

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

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

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

642

the sons of Bani, 642;” (Ezra 2:10)

648

“the sons of Binnui, 648;” (Nehemiah 7:15)

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

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Merry Christmas!  Since this is Christmas 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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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who is the most blessed woman?

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

Mary

Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” 29 But she was very perplexed at this statement, and was pondering what kind of greeting this was.” (Luke 1:26-29)

Jael

Most blessed of women is Jael, The wife of Heber the Kenite; Most blessed is she of women in the tent. 25 He asked for water, she gave him milk; In a magnificent bowl she brought him curds. 26 She reached out her hand for the tent peg, And her right hand for the workmen’s hammer. Then she struck Sisera, she smashed his head; And she shattered and pierced his temple. 27 Between her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay; Between her feet he bowed, he fell; Where he bowed, there he fell dead.” (Judges 5:24-27)

Judith

And Ozias the prince of the people of Israel, said to her: Blessed art thou, O daughter, by the Lord the most high God, above all women upon the earth. 24 Blessed be the Lord who made heaven and earth, who hath directed thee to the cutting off the head of the prince of our enemies. 25 Because he hath so magnified thy name this day, that thy praise shall not depart out of the mouth of men who shall be mindful of the power of the Lord for ever, for that thou hast not spared thy life, by reason of the distress and tribulation of thy people, but hast prevented our ruin in the presence of our God.” (Judith 13:23-25; quoted from Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition)

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

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: What became of Cain?

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

He was a fugitive and a vagabond.

Now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you cultivate the ground, it will no longer yield its strength to you; you will be a wanderer and a drifter on the earth.” (Genesis 4:11-12)

He settled down, married, had a son, and built a city.

Then Cain left the presence of the Lord, and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden. 17 Cain had relations with his wife and she conceived, and gave birth to Enoch; and Cain built a city, and named the city Enoch, after the name of his son.” (Genesis 4:16-17)

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

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Should you pray for everyone?

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

Yes, you should pray for everyone.

First of all, then, I urge that requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made in behalf of all people,” (1 Timothy 2:1)

No, there are some people you shouldn’t pray for.

So as for you, do not pray for this people, nor lift up a cry or prayer for them; for I will not listen when they call to Me because of their disaster.” ( Jeremiah 7:16)

So as for you, do not pray for this people, nor lift up a cry or prayer for them; for I will not listen when they call to Me because of their disaster.” (Jeremiah 11:14)

So the Lord said to me, “Do not pray for a good outcome on behalf of this people.” (Jeremiah 14:11)

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

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Note: This post should not be confused with a similar attack by the skeptic of How long was the ark afloat?

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

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

The flood lasted 40 days.

Then the flood came upon the earth for forty days, and the water increased and lifted up the ark, so that it rose above the earth.” (Genesis 7:17)

The flood lasted 150 days.

The water prevailed upon the earth for 150 days.” (Genesis 7:24)

and the water receded steadily from the earth, and at the end of 150 days the water decreased.” (Genesis 8:3)

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

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How many of each clean animal did Noah take into the ark?

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

Two

And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female.” (Genesis 6:19)

Of clean animals and animals that are not clean and birds and everything that crawls on the ground, 9 they all went into the ark to Noah by twos, male and female, as God had commanded Noah.” (Genesis 7:8-9)

they and every animal according to its kind, and all the livestock according to their kind, and every crawling thing that crawls on the earth according to its kind, and every bird according to its kind, all sorts of birds. 15 So they went into the ark to Noah, by twos of all flesh in which there was the breath of life.” (Genesis 7:14-15)

Seven

You shall take with you seven pairs of every clean animal, a male and his female; and two of the animals that are not clean, a male and his female;” (Genesis 7:2)

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

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How long did it take to create the heavens and the earth?

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

One Day

This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made earth and heaven.” (Genesis 2:4)

Six Days: Genesis 1:3-2:3

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

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Was Jesus a ransom for many or a ransom for all?

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

For many

just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28)

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”” (Mark 10:45)

For all

who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.” (1 Timothy 2:6)

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

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

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

945

the sons of Zattu, 945;” (Ezra 2:8)

845

the sons of Zattu, 845;” (Nehemiah 7:13)

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

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who were the sons of Heman?

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

Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel, and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, and Romamtiezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, and Mahazioth

Of Heman, the sons of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti and Romamti-ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, Mahazioth.” (1 Chronicles 25:4)

Jehiel, and Shimei

and from the sons of Heman, Jehiel and Shimei; and from the sons of Jeduthun, Shemaiah and Uzziel.” (2 Chronicles 29:14)

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

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

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

At least 20 years.

And Hoshea the son of Elah made a conspiracy against Pekah the son of Remaliah, and struck him and put him to death and became king in his place, in the twentieth year of Jotham the son of Uzziah.” (2 Kings 15:30)

16 years.

In the second year of Pekah the son of Remaliah king of Israel, Jotham the son of Uzziah king of Judah became king. 33 He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Jerusha the daughter of Zadok.” (2 Kings15:32-33)

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

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How long was the Babylonian Captivity?

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

70 years

For thus says the Lord, ‘When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place.” (Jeremiah 29:10)

Seven generations

And when you are come into Babylon, you shall be there many years, and for a long time, even to seven generations: and after that I will bring you away from thence with peace.” (Baruch 6:2; quoted from Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition)

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

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