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

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We can know the words of the Old Testament Part 3

Review: Last two lessons we saw a total of nine reasons why we can know the original words of the Old Testament

  • Reason #1: God’s Word says the Word of God will endure forever
  • Reason #2: The Old Testament was written down.
  • Reason #3: Temple officials were intentional in checking the manuscripts
  • Reason #4: Masora Finalis
  • Reason #5: Jesus affirms the words of the Scriptures will endure
  • Reason #6: Masora Parva
  • Reason #7: Dead Sea Scroll
  • Reason #8: Oldest Hebrew Witness
  • Reason #9: Other language translations

Purpose: In this session we shall consider more reasons why we can believe why we can know the actual words of the Old Testament so that we will have faith in God’s Word being God’s Word.

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It’s a shame that the Minor Prophets in the Old Testament is often neglected and ignored.

Here’s our series of outlines surveying the Minor Prophets in the Old Testament.

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This is a series of lectures titled “How Can We Trust the Bible?” delivered by Michael Kruger, president of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte. If you follow this blog for any amount of time you might recognized the name of this scholar for we have shared other resources from him before.  For instance see Four Lectures on the Canon by Michael J. Kruger (Free MP3s!) and Video: Michael Kruger on What It Means That the Bible Is Self-Authenticating.

This particular lecture series was presented at Christ Community Church Wilmington.

It consists of 3 lectures and 2 Q&A.

Check it out below:

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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 4:2.  Here is my translation:

“καὶ νηστεύσας ἡμέρας τεσσεράκοντα καὶ νύκτας τεσσεράκοντα, ὕστερον ἐπείνασεν. ”
And fasting forty days and forty nights He was hungry

Here are some observations:

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