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Errors in the Bible -- what can we learn from them?
June 11, 2006
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Recently I noted on a thread that the Bible has a few discrepancies. Rather than proving the Bible isn't true, IMO, it only proves that men made mistakes in writing the original autographs, making copies of them, abridging original writings into more concise accounts, translating them from one language to another, etc.

As an example, here's one case of a Biblical discrepancy (from the King James Version).

2 Kings 8:26
Two and twenty years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign; and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Athaliah, the daughter of Omri king of Israel.

2 Chronicles 22:2
Forty and two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Athaliah the daughter of Omri.

So, was he 22 or 42 when he began to reign? Most likely 22, because some Greek manuscripts and the Syriac version say 22, while the Hebrew reads 42. I believe the translators of the KJV relied more on the Hebrew manuscript than the others.

Also, the book of 2 Kings was by tradition written by Jeremiah the prophet, while Chronicles authorship is unknown. Therefore it makes more sense to rely on Kings than Chronicles in the event of a discrepancy.

Perhaps the scribe who wrote the oldest Hebrew manuscript misread "twenty" for "forty" when he was copying 2 Chr 22:2. It wouldn't be the first time a copyist made a mistake.

Anyway, I wanted to see what might become of this discussion. If it goes well, I'll talk about a few more.

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June 11, 2006
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I think that it is just a writting error. I know I make them all the time. and I have microsoft works so I can see how they could make them too

June 13, 2006
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YOu know what I find fascinating? That the error is there in the book. Nobody edits it out. I find that lends to the credibility of the Bible. I mean if it were uninspired writing, then man would have removed such obvious mistakes. I don't know what the reason for the discrepancy is, but I believe the Bible is the Word of God. It's probably not important to know if he was 22 or 42. I'm sure it doesn't mean a thing regarding my salvation or my relationship with God.

June 13, 2006
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jastypes,

That's a good point. It's important to remember the separate books of the Bible were written independently of each other, and there wasn't much opportunity to compare them with each other before they were brought together in our Bible. The early Jews probablyl thought they were what they were, and didn't feel inclined to mess with them.

By the time they were combined together, there were no more Jewish prophets, so the Jews likely felt they had no authority or right to edit any of them, even to make them agree with each other.

June 13, 2006
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rw,

Yes, it's a writing error. Just like any of us can err, so could the writers of the Bible. I believe they were prophets only when acting as such, and at all other times were ordinary folks like you and me.

Good point.

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