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Saturday, May 9, 2015

The Self-Harmony of the Bible - 1 (Part Ten)

How Much Gold Did Solomon Receive?  
1 Kings 9:28 states that Solomon got 420 talents of gold, yet 2 Chronicles 8:18 says that he got 450. One can see how easily the error entered the text. 
  
How Old Was Ahaziah When He Began to Reign?  
2 Kings 8:26 says that Ahaziah was 22 when he became king, but 2 Chronicles 22:2 says that he was 42. One can see how easily the error entered the text. 
  
How Many Overseers Did Solomon Put Into Place?  
1 Kings 5:16 says that Solomon appointed 3300 people as overseers, but 2 Chronicles 2:2 says that the number was 3600. One can see how easily the error entered the text. 
  
How Many Arameans Did David Kill?  
According to 2 Samuel 10:18 David killed 700 Arameans, but 1 Chronicles 19:18 says that he killed 7000. One can see how easily the error entered the text. 
  
How Many People Went Down Into Egypt?  
Genesis 46:27 says 70 people went down into Egypt, but Acts 7:14 has the number 75. The Septuagint has 75 at Genesis, so it would not be unreasonable to say 75 is the correct amount that went down into Egypt.  

Did Michal Have Children?  
Michal was daughter of Saul and wife of King David. After insulting David she had no children (2 Samuel 6:23). However 2 Samuel 21:8 (KJV) mentions "the five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul." 
Newer translations typically read "the five sons of Merab the daughter of Saul" in 2 Samuel 21:8. Yet skeptics assert that the verse originally read "Michal." However several factors rule that out. Several older Hebrew manuscripts and some copies of the Septuagint and the Syriac Version read "Merab.”8 The original reading can be restored, so there is no contradiction here.

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