However in the Aramaic translation of this inscription discovered at the Elephantine in Egypt, the number of prisoners was only 6,972. The first is to assume that the author of 1 Chronicles emphasized the three-year period in which the famine was to be most intense, whereas the author of 2 Samuel includes the two years prior to and after this period, during which the famine worsened and lessened respectively. (Archer 1982:206-207, 214-215, 222, 230; Nehls pg.17-18; Light of Life II 1992:204-205). God did (2 Samuel 24: 1) Satan did (I Chronicles 2 1:1) 2. We sent him the Gospel… Let the people of the Gospel judge by what Allah hath revealed therein, if any do fail to judge by the light of what Allah hath revealed, they are (no better than) those who rebel…” Again, in Sura Ma-ida 5:68 we find a similar call: “People of the Book!…Stand fast by the law, the Gospel, and all revelation that hath come to you from YOUR LORD. Jerusalem is, therefore, not stated as captured in Joshua 10. The first is that this is most likely a copyist’s error. Or are the scriptures the infallible Word of God in their entirety? Was Ahaziah 22 (2 Kings 8:26) or 42 (2 Chronicles 22:2) when he began to rule over Jerusalem? At least those arguments against inspiration had some depth. The other possibility is forwarded by the learned Old Testament scholar R.K. Harrison, who suggests that at any rate the figure of 42,000 may be metaphorical, following “...the pattern of the Exodus and similar traditions, where the large numbers were employed as symbols of the magnitude of God, and in this particular instance indicating the triumphant deliverance that God achieved for His captive people” (Harrison 1970:1142-1143). Hence it was reasonable to include Benjamin with Judah and Simeon in the sub-total figure of 500,000, even though Joab may not have itemized it in the first report he gave to David (1 Chronicles 21:5). Was Noah supposed to bring 2 pairs of all living creatures (Genesis 6:19-20), or was he to bring 7 pairs of ‘clean’ animals (Genesis 7:2; see also Genesis 7:8,9)? Another solution follows a theme mentioned earlier, that the number in Hebrew lettering for 2000 has been confounded by the scribe with a similar alphabetical number for the number 3,000. Contradiction #2 In that count how many fighting men were found in Israel? It is far less likely that the copyist would have mistakenly seen an extra ten stroke that was not present in his original then that he would have failed to observe one that had been smudged. Therefore 4,000 of these large stalls would be equivalent to 40,000 small ones. There are a number of ways to understand not only this problem but the next challenge as well, since they both refer to the same passages and to the same census. Such scribal errors do not change Jewish or Christian beliefs in the least. There are other problems with the contention maintained by Muslims that the Bible is full of contradictions. The most plausible is analogous to what we found earlier in challenge numbers five and six above, where the decadal number has been rubbed out or distorted due to constant use. The problem as they see it concerns their supposition that any Observe that 1 Chronicles 21:6 clearly states that Joab did not complete the numbering, as he had not yet taken a census of the tribe of Benjamin, nor that of Levi’s either, due to the fact that David came under conviction about completing the census at all. It is quite likely that he reduced the size of the military machine his father David had left him. You must be a child What about Satan? 24. Thus eight would be /III IIII, but eighteen would be /III IIII with the addition of a horizontal line and downward hook above it. Did Solomon build a facility containing 2,000 baths (1 Kings 7:26), or over 3,000 baths (2 Chronicles 4:5)? Yet the verdict of linguistic science is that English-speaking Christians, at least, are exceedingly well served in these days with a host of excellent translations and have no cause for hesitating to conclude that the true Word of God is within their reach. Did Solomon appoint 3,600 overseers (2 Chronicles 2:2) for the work of building the temple, or was it only 3,300 (1 Kings 5:16)? Of these 33 family units listed in Ezra and Nehemiah, nineteen of the family units are identical, while fourteen show discrepancies in the number of members within the family units (though Shabbir only lists six of them). 61. Who asked for the best seats in heaven? In this case, however, the numbers were written using Hebrew alphabetical type (rather than the Egyptian multiple stroke type used in the Elephantine Papyri, referred to in questions 5 and 6). The more likely answer, however, is that one census includes categories of men that the other excludes. (a) God did (2 Samuel 24: 1) (b) Satan did (I Chronicles 2 1:1) 2.In that count how many fighting men were found in Israel? Together they had Michaiah who then married king Rehoboam and became the mother of Abijah. This, however, in no way negates the authenticity nor the authority of the scriptures which we have. 2 Chronicles 11:20 and 1 Kings 15:2, in stating that Maachah was a daughter of Absalom, simply link her back to her more famous grandfather, instead of her lesser known father, to indicate her royal lineage. Following this, we read about Moses and Jesus, then we read about Moses and the golden calf, and then about Solomon and Abraham. In 1 Thessalonians 2:13, Paul when referring to that which he had written says, “…you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the Word of God…” Peter speaks of the inspiration of Paul’s writings in 2 Peter 3:15-16, where he maintains that, “…Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom that God gave him. Importantly, Gibeon, the eastern limit of this campaign, is still approximately 10 miles to the north-west of Jerusalem. (Archer 1982:184: Keil & Delitzsch 1949:360; Light of Life II 1992:182). Observe that after the division of the United Kingdom into the North and the South following the death of Solomon in 930 BC, most of the Benjamites remained loyal to the dynasty of David and constituted (along with Simeon to the south) the kingdom of Judah. Such errors do not change the historicity of the account, since in such cases another portion of Scripture usually corrects the mistake (the added totals in this instance). See also a complete harmony of the four gospels. [Originally answered: If in the Holy Bible there are contradictions that cannot be explained, what are they, and why are their explanations invalid?] Shabir Ally. Required fields are marked * Comment. Obviously this gives us much more material with which to delineate any variant verses which may exist. For instance, what then will Muslims do with the authority which their own Qur’an gives towards the Bible? Sura Yunus 10:64 says, “No change can there be in the words of Allah.” This is repeated in Sura Al An’am 6:34: “There is none that can alter the words of Allah,” found also in Sura Qaf 50:28,29. Hence the total of 500,000 included the Benjamite contingent. Kairanvi’s Izhar-ul-Haq presents 119 numbered contradictions, while others such as Shabbir Ally have supposedly found 101 contradictions. Therefore Ahaziah could not have been 42 at the time of his father’s death at age 40! If the Qur’an was indeed the final and complete revelation, if it was the seal of all former revelations the Muslims claim, than certainly the author of the Qur’an would have included a warning against that which had been corrupted in the earlier scriptures. Kairanvi's Izhar-ul-Haqpresents 119 contradictions, while others such as Shabbir Ally have supposedly found 101. Christians readily admit, however, that there have been ‘scribal errors’ in the copies of the Old and New Testament. Joab’s report in 2 Samuel 24 uses the word ‘is hayil, which is translated as “mighty men”, or battle-seasoned troops, and refers to them numbering 800,000 veterans. We know that Solomon reigned for 40 years; no doubt, many changes occurred during this period. a.k.a. Their book, the Qur’an, is believed to have been ‘sent down’ (Nazil or Tanzil), from heaven unfettered by the hands of men. Change ), This is a text widget, which allows you to add text or HTML to your sidebar. The candid reader amends them by the context or by comparing them with some other part of the work.“. See also: Muslims allege 101 contradictions in the Bible: Refuted! As it turned out, however, David opted for God’s third preference, and thereby received three days of severe pestilence, resulting in the deaths of 70,000 men in Israel. Yet, by simply measuring the Bible against the nazil or Tanzil (‘sent down’) concept which they claim for their Qur’an, Muslims condemn themselves of duplicity, since they demand of the New Testament that which they do not demand of the previous revelations, the Taurat and Zabuur, though both are revered as equally inspired revelations by all Muslims. It is obvious that Shabbir Ally has misquoted the text in the 6th chapter of Genesis, which makes no mention of any ‘clean’ animals in its figure, while the 7th chapter specifically delineates between the clean and unclean animals. 0000000667 00000 n The word used for inspiration is theopneustos which means “God-breathed,” implying that what was written had its origin in God Himself. Does God incite David to conduct the census of his people (2 Samuel 4:1), or does Satan (1 Chronicles 21:1)? In 2 Samuel 24:13 the question is “shell seven years of famine come to you?” In 1 Chronicles 21:12 we find an alternative imperative, “take for yourself either three years of famine…” From this we may reasonably conclude that 2 Samuel records the first approach of the prophet Gad to David, in which the alternative prospect was seven years; whereas the Chronicles account gives us the second and final approach of Nathan to the King, in which the Lord (doubtless in response to David’s earnest entreaty in private prayer) reduced the severity of that grim alternative to three years rather than an entire span of seven. The first by Keil and Delitzsh (page 360) is a most convincing solution. (Category: misunderstood how God works in history). With the group as large as the 3,300, sickness and death certainly did occur, requiring reserves who would be called up as the need arose. Thus the chronicler simply mentions the amount of water that would make the sea like a flowing spring rather than a still pool. 2 Samuel 3:2-5 says Amnon, Chileab, Absalom, Adonijah, Shephatiah, Ithream, but Chronicles 3:1-4 says Amnon, Daniel, Absalom, Adonijah, Shephatiah, Ithream. The authors gave answers to those questions in this paper. See how many of yours are in this list. 62. Topics: sin, women at the tomb, belief, seeing God, and God's rules. The Bible is not simply one book compiled by one man as the Muslims claim for their Qur’an, but a compilation of 66 books, written by more than 40 authors, over a period of 1500 years! In Joshua 10, it is the king of Jerusalem that is killed: his city is not captured (verses 16-18 and 22-26). If this is the recurring theme in both the Bible and the Qur’an, it is hardly likely that we would find a scripture with such a multiplicity of contradictions which Muslims claim are found in the Bible. In order to respond to this challenge it is important that we begin by recognizing and understanding clearly the presupposition and thinking that underlies such a challenge. In fact, nowhere is there any warning in the Qur’an that the former scriptures had been corrupted, nor that they were contradictory. And finally the crucifixion itself bears out yet another example where both God and Satan are involved. There are two possible solutions to these differing figures. ( Log Out / Muslims believe that Moses wrote the Taurat and David the Zabuur. If this is the best that Zathras can do, he should go pick up a hundred year old book on higher criticism. The simple answer is that God’s control was always with them in their writings, such that the Bible is nothing more than “The Word of God in the words of men” (McDowell 1990:176). 63. ( Log Out / For example in the Behistun rock inscription set up by Darius 1, we find that number 38 gives the figure for the slain of the army of Frada as 55,243, with 6,572 prisoners, according to the Babylonian column. The same could be said of the Qur’an. To begin with, scholars who have looked at these passages have concluded that the 36th year of Asa should be calculated from the withdrawal of the 10 tribes from Judah and Benjamin which brought about the division of the country into Judah and Israel. This booklet is a response to the pamphlet “136 Bible Contradictions” printed by Crusade publications of Redmond, Washington. The Muslims quote from the Qur’an (4:82) which says “do they not consider the Qur’an (with care). (Category: misunderstood the historical context). The alleged 101 contradictions are given answers using 126 references from Bible Commentaries, Bible Dictionaries, the Big Book of Bible Difficulties, and other sources aside from the Bible itself. 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