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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 4:19.  Here is my translation:

“καὶ λέγει αὐτοῖς· Δεῦτε ὀπίσω μου, καὶ ποιήσω ὑμᾶς ἁλιεῖς ἀνθρώπων. ”
And He *said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Here are some observations:

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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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Edward Welch. ‘Just One More’: When Desires Don’t Take No for an Answer. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, April 1st 2002. 32 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

How do you fight the sinful urge of wanting to sin just once more?  And can Christians actually say no to addictions?  In this little counseling booklet by Edward Welch he answers these questions and more, giving Christians hope and the means to deal with our sinful desire when it doesn’t want to take a no for an answer.  This is one more helpful biblical counseling booklet from the wonderful “Resources for Changing Lives” counseling booklet series.

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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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