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Exploring 40 alleged contraditions in the Bible

  • Nov 15, 2010
Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions is a collection of articles written by various people explaining why various alleged contradictions in the Bible aren't actual contradictions. Dr. Jason Lisle started the book out with an article explaining what, exactly, a contradiction is. He also explained the general categories these alleged contradictions fell into and why these categories aren't true contradictions (like the dilemma isn't an either/or choice but both are possible at the same time or the word is used in a difference sense in different places). This will help the reader identify the problems with and know how to respond to alleged contradictions even if they're not specifically answered in this book.

After that, various authors took turns explaining how this applied to a variety of specific examples. The arguments were easy to follow and well-written. I'd highly recommend this book, especially to anyone who has been asked about (or wondered about) apparent contradictions in the Bible and didn't know the answer.

The alleged contradictions that were specifically covered were:
  • If Abel kept flocks, did he eat meat?
  • Why didn't Adam and Eve die immediately in Gen 2:17?
  • Does Genesis 1 teach the sky is solid ("firmament" in KJV)?
  • Does Genesis 1:22 imply a first creation and then a second re-creation ("replenish" in KJV)?
  • Were Noah's sons triplets born when Noah was 500 or were they born several years apart?

  • Why are some location-names the same before & after the Flood if the locations no longer existed?
  • Do Genesis 10 & 11 contradict each other about the origin of the post-Flood nations?
  • Was Lot Abraham's nephew or brother?
  • Do snakes really eat dust like Genesis 3:14 says?
  • Are Genesis 1 and 2 different, conflicting creation accounts?

  • Does Genesis 1:15 say that the moon emits its own light?
  • Is it okay to kill or did God forbid it?
  • Did Moses really call a bat a bird?
  • Did Moses say that insects have only four legs?
  • How could Moses be the author of Deuteronomy when his obituary is listed as the last chapter?

  • Does God bless or condemn marriages between close relations?
  • Can God be seen face to face or not?
  • Does God change his mind?
  • If God is loving, how could he order the complete destruction of the inhabitants of Jericho?
  • Was Solomon really going to cut the baby in half?
  • Does God condone polygamy or not?

  • How could Ahaziah be both 22 years old and 42 years old when he started to reign?
  • Was Jehoiachin set free from prison on the 25th day or 27th day?
  • Did Matthew falsely attribute a prophecy to Jeremiah that came from Zechariah?
  • How could the young Samuel have been sleeping in the temple when the temple was not built until much later?
  • Does the Bible incorrectly claim that pi equals 3?

  • Was Matthew incorrectly counting in Matthew 1:17 when he summarized Christ's genealogy?
  • Was Jesus wrong in Matthew 13:31-32 when he said that the mustard seed was the smallest seed?
  • Didn't Jesus contradict Old Testament law by not stoning the adulteress?
  • How can Jesus be God's "only begotten son" when angels and Christians are also called God's sons?
  • Did Jesus tell His disciples to take a staff or not?

  • Was Joseph's father named Jeconiah or Heli?
  • Is Jesus lesser than or equal to God the Father?
  • Why do the inscriptions on Jesus' cross differ among the four gospels?
  • Why does the genealogy in Luke 3:36 give an extra Cainan not found in similar genealogies, such as Genesis 11:12?
  • If Jesus was to be in the grave three days and nights, how does that fit between Good Friday and Easter Sunday?

  • Is lying okay or not?
  • How did Judas die--by hanging or falling into a field?
  • Can all sins be forgiven or not?
  • How could Jesus be the Creator if He was the firstborn of all creation?
  • Can man be held accountable for his sinful actions and yet have Christ act as substitute for his sins?

I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.

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November 16, 2010
Oooooh, this sounds like a really cool book! I've always been interested in the Bible and religions, so I'll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing, Debbie!
November 17, 2010
I'm glad I could help hook you up with a book you're interested in. Actually, I'm holding a giveaway for this book on my blog from now until Nov. 28, 2010.
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One of the most popular misconceptions by people who have walked away from the Church and their faith is that the Bible contains errors or inaccurate accounts. Many people also simply accept without question the claim by others that the Bible is full of contradictions. Even more disturbing is that a growing number of Christians are unable to respond when presented with an apparent inconsistency in the Bible.

Now in a bold defense for the accuracy of Scripture, Ken Ham leads a powerful team of contributors in providing core biblical truths to help refute claims regarding the inaccuracy of God’s Holy Word. Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions:
  • Addresses over 40 issues of contention in the Old and New Testaments including Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, Matthew, John, Acts, and Revelation

  • Contains vital and relevant context by Steve Fazekas, Bodie Hodge, Roger Patterson, Stacia McKeever, Gary Vaterlaus, Dr. Jason Lisle, Paul F. Taylor, John Upchurch, and Dr. Georgia Purdom

  • Equips you to accurately defend your faith while challenging secular or humanistic agendas

With nearly two-thirds of young people leaving the Church when they move from home, there has never been a more important time to have a reasoned response for those who desire only to undermine your faith. This book is a great starting point in teaching you how to think and then respond to false claims regarding the Bible. It is imperative that believers are able to stand firm in their faith, and have ...
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ISBN-13: 978-0-89051600-3
Editor: Ken Ham
Genre: Christian, apologetics
Publisher: Master Books
Date Published: Nov. 2010
ISBN: 978-0-89051600-3
Format: trade paperback
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