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Resolve: Does 'The Bible contradicts itself'? A look at Scriptures often misapplied.

Transcript of Alleged Bible Contradictions

Alleged Bible ContradictionsOld Testament Books by Order New Testament Books by Order

What should you think if you come across a Bible contradiction? Why are there sometimes word differences when a New Testament writer quotes from the Old Testament?

Old Testament Books by OrderGenesisGenesis 1:14 Genesis 1:24-26 Genesis 2:2 Genesis 2:5-6 Genesis 4:17 Genesis 10:14 Genesis 11:1 Genesis 14:14 Genesis 19:8 Genesis 21:22 Genesis 36:2 Genesis 36:31 Genesis 37:27

ExodusExodus 6:3 Exodus 15:1-19 Exodus 16:35 Exodus 33:20 Exodus 34:7

LeviticusLeviticus 3:17 Leviticus 11:40 Leviticus 17:10 Leviticus 17:15 Leviticus 23:18 Leviticus 25:11-12

NumbersNumbers 3:39 Numbers 4:3 Numbers 13:33 Numbers 24:7 Numbers 25:9 Numbers 32:41 Numbers 33:31 Numbers 35:4

DeuteronomyDeuteronomy 10:4 Deuteronomy 20:19 Deuteronomy 31:2

JoshuaJoshua 11:23 Joshua 15:9 Joshua 15:63 Joshua 22:4 Joshua 24:32

JudgesJudges 8:30


1 Samuel1 Samuel 16:18 1 Samuel 28:6

2 Samuel2 Samuel 2:23 2 Samuel 6:23 2 Samuel 8:4 2 Samuel 8:13 2 Samuel 10:18 2 Samuel 21:19 2 Samuel 24:1 2 Samuel 24:9 2 Samuel 24:13 2 Samuel 24:24

1 Kings1 Kings 7:14 1 Kings 7:26 1 Kings 9:28 1 Kings 15:16 1 Kings 18:1

2 Kings2 Kings 25:8

1 Chronicles1 Chronicles 2:13-15 1 Chronicles 3:17 1 Chronicles 3:19 1 Chronicles 6:3-14

2 Chronicles2 Chronicles 14:5

EzraEzra 2:1-67


Esther Ecclesiastes Lamentations Hosea Jonah Zephaniah

Job Song of Solomon Ezekiel Joel Micah Haggai

Psalms Isaiah DanielDaniel 1:1

ProverbsProverbs 26:4

Jeremiah Hosea Obadiah Habakkuk Malachi

Amos Nahum ZechariahZechariah 11:12

New Testament Books by OrderMatthewMatthew 1:16 Matthew 1:17 Matthew 8:5 Matthew 8:28 Matthew 10:5 Matthew 12:30 Matthew 17:1 Matthew 17:12 Matthew 20:20 Matthew 20:29 Matthew 20:30 Matthew 26:25 Matthew 27:5 Matthew 27:7 Matthew 27:9 Matthew 27:28 Matthew 27:35 Matthew 27:44 Matthew 27:49

MarkMark 14:30 Mark 15:25

LukeLuke 24:50

JohnJohn 3:22 John 12:3 John 19:17

ActsActs 7:2-4 Acts 7:14 Acts 7:16 Acts 9:7 Acts 9:27 Acts 16:3


1 Corinthians

2 Corinthians

Galatians 1 Thessalonians Titus 1 Peter

EphesiansEphesians 2:8-9

Philippians 1 Timothy HebrewsHebrews 1:8-10

Colossians 2 Timothy James 2 John

2 Thessalonians Philemon 2 Peter

1 John1 John 2:1 1 John 4:18

3 John



Genesis 1:14How can it be that God made the luminaries on the fourth creative day when light evidently from these same luminarieswas reaching the earth on the first creative day. In this case the Hebrew writer eliminated the need for long explanations by a careful choice of words. Note that Genesis 1 verses 14-16 speak of making in contrast to creating in Genesis 1:1, and lights in contrast to light in Genesis 1:3. This indicates that it was on the fourth creative day that the sun and moon, already in existence, became clearly visible through the earths dense atmosphere. (It should be noted that the six days of creation do not include the statement at Genesis 1:1, which refers to the creation of the heavenly bodies. Furthermore, the Hebrew word translated day allows for the thought that the events described at Genesis 1:331 took place during six periods of time that could have been many thousands of years in length.)Compare Genesis 2:4.

Genesis 1:24-26At Genesis 1:24-26, the Bible indicates that the animals were created before man. But at Genesis 2:7, 19, 20, it seems to say that man was created before the animals. Why the discrepancy? The two accounts of the creation discuss it from two different viewpoints. The first describes the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them. (Genesis 1:12:4) The second concentrates on the creation of the human race and its fall into sin.Genesis 2:5 4:26.The first account is constructed chronologically, divided into six consecutive days. The second is written in order of topical importance. After a short prologue, it logically goes straight to the creation of Adam, since he and his family are the subject of what follows. (Genesis 2:7) Other information is then introduced as needed. We learn that after his creation Adam was to live in a garden in Eden. So the planting of the garden of Eden is now mentioned. (Genesis 2:8, 9, 15) Jehovah tells Adam to name every wild beast of the field and every flying creature of the heavens. Now, then, is the time to mention that Jehovah God was forming from the ground all these creatures, although their creation began long before Adam appeared on the scene. Genesis 2:19; 1:20, 24, 26.

Genesis 2:2Genesis 2:2 that records that God rested from all his work. Contrasting with this is Jesus comment at John 5:17 where he says that God has kept working until now. How is this possible? The context shows the record in Genesis is speaking specifically of Gods works of material creation, while Jesus was referring to Gods works concerning his divine guidance and care for mankind.

Genesis 2:5-6How can we harmonise Genesis 1:11-13 where it mentions the earths bringing forth vegetation on the third creative day with Genesis 2:5, 6, which the New World Translation renders as follows: Now there was as yet no shrub of the field found in the earth and no vegetation of the field was as yet sprouting, because Jehovah God had not made it rain upon the earth and there was no man to cultivate the ground. But a vapour went up continually from the earth and it watered the entire surface of the ground? Genesis 2:5, 6 quoted above must apply to the third day of creation described in Genesis 1:9-13. But first it describes the earths condition just after Jehovah God had made the dry land appear and before he had commanded the earth to bring forth grass and seed-bearing vegetation and fruit-bearing trees. Persons who take the King James Version or a similar versions rendering to be correct interpret its rendering to mean that God started off such plant life perfect, that is, fullgrown, without its germinating from the seed. But this does not necessarily have to be so, not according to the reading of the New World Translation and of other versions. At any rate, for a time the earth was lifeless, without plant life and without animal and human life. The earth was also rainless. To provide for the coming plant life, Jehovah God duly provided an irrigation system, not by rain but by a vapor for all the earth, aside from such rivers as Genesis 2:10-14 indicates there were. So when God caused vegetation to cover the dry land, that did not alter the general conditions with reference to the great water canopy revolving away out in space far above the earth. The next verse, Genesis 2:7, skips all the in-between history of Genesis 1:14-25 concerning the breaking through of light upon the earths surface and the producing of creature life in the sea, bird life in the air and the subhuman creature life on earth. It goes into detail about the creation of man, more so than Genesis 1:27 does. But with mans creation and being put in the garden of Eden it is not to be reasoned from Genesis 2:5 that now it began to rain upon the earth and man began working like a farmer, plowing the ground and scattering seed and harvesting the yield. His cultivating of the earth like that came after he was run out of the garden of Eden, and Cain imitated Adam and became a cultivator of the ground. (Gen. 4:1-3, NW) Thus man and rain did not precede Gods creation of the vegetation on earth, and Genesis 1:9-13 and Genesis 2:5, 6 are found to be in agreement.

Genesis 4:17Where did Cain get his wife? One might think that after the murder of Abel, only his guilty brother Cain and their parents, Adam and Eve, were left on the earth. However, Adam and Eve had a large family. According to Genesis 5:3, 4, Adam had a son named Seth. The account adds: The days of Adam after his fathering Seth came to be eight hundred years. Meanwhile he became father to sons and daughters. So Cain married his sister or perhaps one of his nieces. Since mankind was then so close to human perfection, such a marriage evidently did not pose the health risks that may imperil the offspring of such a union today.

Genesis 10:14Genesis 10:14 says that the Philistines were descendants of Casluhim. But at Jeremiah 47:4 it is said that they came from Caphtor. And still further at Amos 9:7 the word of Jehovah says that they were from Crete. From where did the Philistines come? The Biblical record shows that it was the Casluhim from among whom the Philistines went forth. (Ge 10:6, 13, 14; 1Ch 1:8, 11, 12) Since other texts speak of the Philistines as coming from Caphtor or Crete (Jer 47:4; Am 9:7), some scholars suggest that the above phrase should be transposed to come after the last-named descendant of Mizraim, Caphtorim. However, there is no need to assume a contradiction in these texts. The record at Genesis (paralleled by that in Chronicles) is genealogical. The other references to the Philistines as proceeding from Caphtor are likely geographic, indicating a migration from the territory of the Caphtorim.

Genesis 11:1Genesis 11:1 says that before the confusion of tongues at Babel, all the earth spoke one language; yet, earlier, Genesis 10:5 seems to suggest that various tongues already existed. How can this be understood? Genesis chapter 10 presents what is commonly known as the Table of the Nations. It lists 70 families or nations descending from Noahs sons, giving some indication of where these eventually spread to and settled. Of course, Moses recorded this centuries after the Flood and the confusion of languages at Babel. So he was in position to bring together in what is now Genesis chapter 10 details of how things worked out over the centu