Monday, November 30, 2015

The Self-Harmony of the Bible - 3 (Part Five)

When was King Jabin Killed?
Joshua 11:1 reports that a king of Hazor, Jabin, was killed. Judges 4:2 reports that a king of Hazor, Jabin, was killed about 120 years afterward. The skeptic concludes that the Bible must be placing a singular event in two different time periods, but we can see that two different men were involved, who reigned from the same city at different times.
In fact, taken into account, the differences of these two Jabins preclude the possibility that they are contradictory accounts of the same man. Judges describes the king into whose hand Jehovah sold Israel. This account is much richer in detail. Jabin II had 900 war chariots with iron scythes, and he oppressed Israel for 20 years. He had an army chief named Sisera who lived in Harosheth of the nations.
Jabin I was powerful no doubt, but he was not able to oppose Israel for 20 years. He gathered his own forces along with those of his league and was defeated. No mention of Sisera of Harosheth of the nations; and this one was sold into Israel’s hand without first oppressing Israel. Therefore, the evidence is stacked against the skeptic. How can he prove what a reasonable person would not assume, that Jabin I and II are in fact the same? No, my friends, there is no contradiction.

Was Keturah Abraham’s Wife or Concubine?
Genesis 25:1 shows Keturah to be Abraham’s wife. Concerning the time of her marriage, Insight on the Scriptures comments: The order of events as set forth in the book of Genesis is quite conclusive in indicating that it was after Sarah’s death that Abraham took Keturah as his wife.”[1] However, 1 Chronicles 1:32 says that she was his concubine. Do these verses pose that great of threat to Biblical inerrancy?
            As is known by some, a concubine is a secondary wife. Further it seems that Genesis 25:5,6 refers to her as concubine as well. There it (NWT) says: “Later on Abraham gave everything he had to Isaac, but Abraham gave gifts to his sons by his concubines. Then while he was still alive, he sent them eastward, away from Isaac his son, to the land of the East.” I says this because Abraham had six sons with Keturah, so it seems logical that if Isaac is the one who remained with him and only he and his brother Ishmael (who was already gone and grown up by the time Sarah died) were the two to bury him (Ishmael came back) that these six sons also were sent eastward with gifts. If this the case, then these six sons’ mother was a concubine, meaning Keturah was a concubine; which, as I said made her a secondary wife.
            I have stressed this point before, it is highly unlikely for any work to contradict itself within a few lines. Therefore, it is evident that the author of Genesis, whom we know is Moses, knew of her as a concubine and felt it harmonious to refer to her as such and as a wife. There is no contradiction with 1 Chronicles either.

[1] Insight on the Scriptures, vol. 2, p. 147

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