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Note: If your pastor prepares his sermon from the Greek New Testament and you want a recommendation of what to get him for Christmas, I recommend this work.

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Charles Lee Irons. A Syntax Guide for Readers of the Greek New Testament.  Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, July 27th 2016.  608 pp.

This is a great work for reference for preachers and students of the Greek New Testament.  The book examines the Greek New Testament text at the level of syntactical observations and when appropriate several possible interpretations.  The author Charles Lee Irons wrote this work with the intent of going beyond merely parsing Greek verbs and declining Greek nouns but at the stage of interpretation involving phrases, clauses and sentences.  This work is helpful for those who want a single volume providing this kind of observation from the Greek text.  Why is this important?  As Irons wrote in the introduction, “Analysis of syntax often entails making judgments about the various uses of a certain grammatical form, giving rise to a particular meaning in that context” (9).

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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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Every morning I read a little bit from the theologian and Christian apologist John Frame.  If you follow our Twitter and Facebook page you will see our daily John Frame quote.

I thought this particular passage from his book The Doctrine of the Word of God was helpful in thinking through one subset of criticisms against the Bible based upon the behaviors of the characters within its pages:

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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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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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I think this Bible contradiction is easy to resolve.  But I don’t want to resolve it just because it’s easy.  I think this alleged Bible contradiction is a great opportunity to share the Gospel!

Today’s post will tackle the question that the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: “Can thieves go to heaven?”

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

Yes.

They *crucified two robbers with Him, one on His right and one on His left. (Mark 15:27) Two others also, who were criminals, were being led away to be put to death with Him.
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And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise. (Luke 23:32, 43)

No.

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

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

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

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