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For other posts dealing with Bible contradictions see our Collection of Posts Responding to Bible Contradictions.

For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How many were from the tribe of Simeon?

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

59,300

“their numbered men of the tribe of Simeon were 59,300.” (Numbers 1:23)

22,200

“These are the families of the Simeonites, 22,200.” (Numbers 26:14)

(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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Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. 3 He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Purpose: Today we shall see the three seasons in our lives in which Christ is our shepherd so that we would trust in Him and have Him as our Shepherd today.

The Lord is my shepherd during ordinary times (v.1-3)

The Lord is my shepherd during difficult times (v.4-5)

The Lord is my shepherd for eternity (v.6)

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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading a few days ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is 2 Corinthians 5:11.  Here’s my translation:

Εἰδότες οὖν τὸν φόβον τοῦ κυρίου ἀνθρώπους πείθομεν
Therefore knowing the fear of the Lord we persuade men

θεῷ δὲ πεφανερώμεθα
and we are manifested to God

ἐλπίζω δὲ ‹+ καὶ ἐν ταῖς συνειδήσεσιν ὑμῶν +› πεφανερῶσθαι”
And I hope also in your conscience to be manifested

Here’s some observation:

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Jared Kennedy.  The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible.  Greensboro, NC: New Growth Press, November 13th, 2017. 272 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

My kids and I really enjoyed this book.  As the title and the cover of the book suggests this is a book with Bible stories for little children and is meant for kids between the age range of three to seven which is exactly the age range of my children.

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GO TO PART 42

Point: Sometimes when one engage in apologetics the issue of alleged Bible contradiction comes up and the example given of a Bible contradiction really isn’t a Bible contradiction but an instance where one account gives lesser detail than another account.  Think for instance of those who raise the question “How many men were possessed with demons at the country of the Gadarenes?”  Are there examples we can give in other areas outside of the Bible of how such a tactic to claim there’s a Bible contradiction is problematic?

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: At his baptism, did God address Jesus directly?

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

Yes

“and a voice came out of the heavens: “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.”” ( Mark 1:11)

“and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.”” (Luke 3:22)

No, God addressed those who witnessed his baptism.

“and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”” (Matthew 3:17)

(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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As of last week we have refuted fifty alleged Bible contradictions.  Lord willing I would be writing more of these kinds of posts.  Eventually when I have more written I’m going to have to get them organized under a Scriptural Index to make them more accessible.  Below are simply the listings of what I have done thus far:

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