Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Self-Harmony of the Bible - 2 (Part Eight)

When Was Dan Named?
            Judges 18:29 (NWT) reads: “Furthermore, they named the city Dan after the name of their father, Dan, who was born to Israel. But Laish was the city’s former name.” This is well after the time of Abraham, so then how can we make sense of Moses’ statement that Abraham “mobilized his trained men, 318 servants born in his household, and went in pursuit up to Dan?” – Genesis 14:14 NWT
            It is entirely, possible (certain) that a later scribe changed it to help in understanding what city was meant. This is no problem. Neither does the fact that an uninspired scribe changed the text mean it is now untrustworthy; in fact modern translations that convert biblical units into Imperial or Metric units, while still preserving the correct value, are doing the same thing – to our benefit. The Samaritan Pentateuch did this to various cities whose former names had been overshadowed by the newer, more common names.b
How Many People Were Alive During Cain’s Banishment?
            The skeptic who read the Bible notes that Cain was the first child and that Abel was born after that. (Genesis 4:1) Then he notes that Cain kills Abel and is therefore banished (Genesis 4:14). To such a one it is odd that Cain and Jehovah say: “anyone who finds me will certainly kill me,” or: “anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times.” (Genesis 4:14,15 NWT) He says, “Aren’t there only three people alive on the earth, and only two that could kill him? The Bible doesn’t even know how many people are alive in its own myths!”
            However, had the skeptic been reading more carefully, or sensibly, he would have noted that a decent period of time had passed between the births of Cain and Abel to when Able was murdered. It is clear that in between that time Cain had a sister, or another female relative, who was born and was of an age that she could bear children, and that it is reasonable that there could be a decent group of people alive.

            Further, Cain knew that the amount of people would only grow and that, even if there were just three (four, counting his wife, which the skeptic ignores for some reason) there would be more, some of whom might want to kill him. Further, since he had killed his brother, perhaps he thought that his parents might try to kill him. These three suggestions go right past the skeptic, or rather the skeptic in his zeal to find fault in the Bible has revealed in himself a lack of objectivity. For any combination of the three Cain could have spoken! As it is, there is no contradiction.

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