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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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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How many Philistine foreskins did David buy his first wife with?

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

100

So David sent messengers to Ish-bosheth, Saul’s son, saying, “Give me my wife Michal, to whom I was betrothed for a hundred foreskins of the Philistines.” (2 Samuel 3:14)

 

200

David rose up and went, he and his men, and struck down two hundred men among the Philistines. Then David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full number to the king, that he might become the king’s son-in-law. So Saul gave him Michal his daughter for a wife.” (1 Samuel 18:27)

 

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

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I was asked by a reader to share my thoughts on an article titled “Does Scripture Contain Contradictions?” in which the author suggests the way to deal with the charge that the Bible contain contradictions is to say “the biblical authors were not constrained by the contemporary issue of contradiction” and he developed this in a way that I don’t think is helpful.

Ironically he cites two Bible contradictions to prove his point.  These I will deal with later as part of my ongoing series responding to alleged Bible contradictions.  But for now I want to examine analytically the reasoning of his own view.

His statement is as follows:

Aristotle offered the clearest formulation of what has come to be known as the Law of Noncontradiction: “The most certain of all basic principles is that contradictory propositions are not true simultaneously” (Metaphysics 4.6.1011b 13-14). In other words, Aristotle asserted that opposite statements cannot both be correct at the same time. This Greek philosophical idea remains foundational to modern Western thought, but the ancient writers of Israel’s Scriptures were not beholden to the Law of Noncontradiction. When today’s readers identify what they deem to be contradictions in the Bible, such instances can either trouble the believer or galvanize the critic. However, to apply the notion of “contradiction” to the biblical text constitutes a basic misunderstanding of an ancient Jewish worldview in which opposite assertions could coexist. Although it is difficult for modern minds to conceive of such a worldview, the biblical authors were not constrained by the contemporary issue of contradiction.

After the writer defined the law of non-contradiction as “opposite statements cannot both be correct at the same time” he said “the ancient writers of Israel’s Scriptures were not beholden to the Law of Noncontradiction.” Later in the end of the paragraph he also said “the biblical authors were not constrained by the contemporary issue of contradiction.”  In both quotes it is interesting the guy wrote the quote in bold.

Here’s my response:

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who hardened the Pharaoh’s heart?

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

God did.

The Lord said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders which I have put in your power; but I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go.” (Exodus 4:21)

But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart that I may multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 7:3)

Yet Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he did not listen to them, as the Lord had said.” (Exodus 7:13)

And the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not listen to them, just as the Lord had spoken to Moses.” (Exodus 9:12)

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh, for I have [a]hardened his heart and the heart of his servants, that I may [b]perform these signs of Mine among them” (Exodus 10:1)

But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the sons of Israel go.” (Exodus 10:20)

But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he was not willing to let them go.” (Exodus 10:27)

Moses and Aaron performed all these wonders before Pharaoh; yet the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the sons of Israel go out of his land.” (Exodus 11:10)

Thus I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will chase after them; and I will be honored through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.” And they did so.” (Exodus 14:4)

The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he chased after the sons of Israel as the sons of Israel were going out boldly.” (Exodus 14:8)

Then the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord, when I am honored through Pharaoh, through his chariots and his horsemen.”” (Exodus 14:18)

The Pharaoh did.

But when Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart and did not listen to them, as the Lord had said.” (Exodus 8:15)

But Pharaoh hardened his heart this time also, and he did not let the people go.” (Exodus 8:32)

But when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the [a]thunder had ceased, he sinned again and [b]hardened his heart, he and his servants.” (Exodus 9:34)

Why then do you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? When He had severely dealt with them, did they not allow [a]the people to go, and they departed?” (1 Samuel 6:6)

(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 Pahathmoab, Jeshua, and Joab’s offspring returned from Babylon?

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

2812

the sons of Pahath-moab of the sons of Jeshua and Joab, 2,812;” (Ezra 2:6)

2818

the sons of Pahath-moab of the sons of Jeshua and Joab, 2,818;” (Nehemiah 7:11)

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

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A few weeks ago my blog hit a milestone of 150 Alleged Bible Contradictions Answered.  These are posts in response to the listing of Bible contradictions from the Skeptic Annotated Bible website.  Looking back at my writings I thought it was important that for Christians when skeptics bring up Bible contradictions to not waste the opportunity to go deeper studying God’s Word.  Why?  It is so we can know how to answer these objection.  But I want to go deeper: Its also to study God’s Word to love God more and to apply the Word of God in our lives by first being in awe and worship of God the Father, the Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

Don’t waste your Bible contradiction.  Here are ten highlights of the devotional thoughts and applications I had looking back at my study of God’s Word while trying to answer these so called Bible contradictions.

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

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

775

the sons of Arah” (Ezra 2:5)

652

the sons of Arah, 652” (Nehemiah 7:10)

(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 ark afloat?

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

For seven months or so.

In the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat.” (Genesis 8:4)

For at least ten months.

The water decreased steadily until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains became visible.” (Genesis 8:5)

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

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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 a hundred fifty alleged Bible Contradiction!

Below is the listing of these posts:

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who is the first and the last?

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

God

Listen to Me, O Jacob, even Israel whom I called; I am He, I am the first, I am also the last.” (Isaiah 48:12)

Jesus

When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last” (Revelation 1:17)

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”” (Revelation 22:13)

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

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GO TO PART 55

Point: Sometimes when one engage in apologetics the issue of alleged Bible contradiction comes up.  There are times when those who assert that there are contradictory verses in the Bible fail to acknowledge that words can have more than one meaning and thus a word used in one context does not mean the same thing in another context.  But if one fail to recognize there are differences of meaning of the word being used in two separate contexts, a skeptic can easily assume there’s a Bible contradiction when there are none.  Are there any examples of this error to get the point across to a skeptic of their foolish methodology and mistake?

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Was Moses in good mental and physical health at age 120?

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

Yes

Although Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died, his eye was not dim, nor his vigor abated.’” (Deuteronomy 34:7)

No

And he said to them, “I am a hundred and twenty years old today; I am no longer able to come and go, and the Lord has said to me, ‘You shall not cross this Jordan.’” (Deuteronomy 31:2)

(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: Which sons of David were born in Jerusalem?

Here are the three passage the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

Now these are the names of those who were born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 15 Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia, 16 Elishama, Eliada and Eliphelet.” (2 Samuel 5:14-16)

These were born to him in Jerusalem: Shimea, Shobab, Nathan and Solomon, four, by Bath-shua the daughter of Ammiel; 6 and Ibhar, Elishama, Eliphelet, 7 Nogah, Nepheg and Japhia, 8 Elishama, Eliada and Eliphelet, nine.” (1 Chronicles 3:5-8)

Then David took more wives at Jerusalem, and David [a]became the father of more sons and daughters. 4 These are the names of the children born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 5 Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet, 6 Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, 7 Elishama, Beeliada and Eliphelet.” (1 Chronicles 14:3-7)

(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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