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Exegesis Bible Contradiction

Since October 2015 I have blogged quite a bit on Bible contradictions.  As a result of blogger Wally Fry who encouraged me to have a post that lists all the posts I have written, I decided to put this together.  It is an update from the previous Provisional listing posted earlier some months back.

It is my hope that God’s people would be equipped, that those who are not saved would benefit from the defense of the faith as well.  I encourage you to bookmark this, share this with others via social media, emails, word of mouth, etc.

Methods and Approach

  1. Why Refuting Bible Contradictions Takes Time?
  2. How to Handle Bible Contradictions
  3. John Frame Quote on Apparent Contradictions
  4. Apologetics Sermon Illustration: Bible Contradictions and Fitting Puzzle Pieces
  5. Apologetics Sermon Illustration:Idioms of Love and Bible Contradictions
  6. Apologetics Sermon Illustration: Whoppers and Bible Contradictions

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In light of the upcoming season as we head towards Christmas today’s post will tackle another question that the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: “Where did Joseph and Mary live before the birth of Jesus?”

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction (the emphasis and what is skipped over is done by the skeptic):

They lived in Nazareth, and traveled to Bethlehem because of a census.

Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a [d]manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:1-7)

They lived in a house in Bethlehem, and moved to Nazareth after returning from Egypt.

Jesus was born in a house in Bethlehem, where he was visited by the wise men from the east.

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, [a]magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?…They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea…After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they [e]fell to the ground and worshiped Him…. (Matthew 2:1-11)

An angel appeared to Joseph in a dream, telling him to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt.

Now when they had gone, behold, an angel of the Lord *appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and…14 So Joseph got up and took the Child and His mother while it was still night, and left for Egypt. 15 He remained there until the death of Herod…” (Matthew 2:13-15)

SlimJim’s note: Verse 13 that’s skipped over: “ remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him.

They stayed in Egypt until an angel told Joseph in a dream to return to Israel.

 But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord *appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, and said, 20 “Get up, take the Child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel… 21 So Joseph got up, took the Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. (Matthew 2:19-21; NOTE: The Skeptic Annotated Bible was wrong to cite it as Matthew 2:13-15)

SlimJim’s note: Verse 20 that’s skipped over: “for those who sought the Child’s life are dead.”

So they returned to Israel, where Joseph was told by an angel in a dream to go to Nazareth.

But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Then after being warned by God in a dream, he left for the regions of Galilee, 23 and came and lived in a city called Nazareth. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophets: “He shall be called a Nazarene.” (Matthew 2:22-23)

(Note: 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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Today’s post will tackle another question that the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: “Was Lot Abraham’s brother or nephew?”

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

Jonah was swallowed by a big fish.

And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights. (Jonah 1:17)

Jonah was swallowed by a whale.

for just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. (Matthew 12:40)

(Note: 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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GO TO PART 37

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Point: Sometimes what is found in the skeptics’ list of Bible contradictions are not contradictions but are what appears to be contradictions because the skeptic hasn’t account for the fact that words can have more than one meaning.  How should one respond when a skeptic’s retort back is that this is a cop-out or they throw the objection that it is too hard to find out the true meaning of a word is in the Bible?

Picture: My counter question would be: Aren’t there examples where words can mean more than one thing even in the natural realm in which we can find out what the usage of the word means?  Of course there is.  Think of the case of whoppers.

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After dozens of posts dealing with specific Bible contradictions I thought I write on how to handle Bible contradictions.  Here in this post there are three sections: Before Interpreting the Bible, While Interpreting the Bible and Thinking Beyond Bible Contradictions.

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Today’s post will tackle another question that the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: “Was Lot Abraham’s brother or nephew?”

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

Lot was Abraham’s brother.

When Abram heard that his [a]relative had been taken captive, he led out his trained men, born in his house, three hundred and eighteen, and went in pursuit as far as Dan.  (Genesis 14:14)He brought back all the goods, and also brought back his [a]relative Lot with his possessions, and also the women, and the people. (Genesis 14:16)

Lot was Abraham’s nephew.

Now these are the records of the generations of Terah. Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran; and Haran became the father of Lot. (Genesis 11:27)Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his nephew, and all their possessions which they had accumulated, and the [a]persons which they had acquired in Haran, and they [b]set out for the land of Canaan; thus they came to the land of Canaan. (Genesis 12:5)

They also took Lot, Abram’s nephew, and his possessions and departed, for he was living in Sodom. (Genesis 14:12)

(Note: 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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Today’s post will tackle another question that the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: “When did Jesus receive his beating?”

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

Before Pilate ordered his crucifixion.

And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and put a purple robe on Him; 3 and they began to come up to Him and say, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and to give Him slaps in the face.

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So he then handed Him over to them to be crucified. (John 19:2-3, 16)

After Pilate ordered his crucifixion.

Then he released Barabbas for them; but after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified.
(Matthew 27:26)

Wishing to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them, and after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified. (Mark 15:15)

(Note: Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

The page that feature this alleged contradiction also says “Christian Response (None yet).”  Let us change that.  Don’t take the lack of a Christian response thus far to mean that it’s so difficult there’s nothing that can be said in response.

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

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