Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Self-Harmony of the Bible - 4 (Part Eighteen)

What Did Solomon Pay Hiram?
            The skeptic notes that 1 Kings 5:10,11 records Solomon as giving Hiram 20,000 cor measures of wheat and 20 cor measures of very fine olive oil for timbers of cedar and juniper, but 2 Chronicles 2:8-10 has him giving 20,000 cor measures of wheat, 20,000 cors of barley, 20,000 baths of wine and 20,000 baths [or 2,000 cor measures] of oil for timbers of cedar, juniper and algum. We note these things t00, but we also keep in mind other facts.
            Looking at the accounts together, we note that 1 Kings is shorter. It only notes two kinds of trees, so why should it surprise us if it also shortens the payment given by Solomon? Further, the scribal error in regard to how much oil was given is nothing important, nor unexpected. For these reasons there is no contradiction here.
Of Which Tribes was the Coppersmith’s Mother From?
            1 Kings 7:13 (NWT) calls his mother “a widow from the tribe of Naphtali,” yet she is also called, “a Danite woman,” at 2 Chronicles 2:15 (NWT). How can this be harmonized? There exists two solutions. Firstly, the view taken by a number of scholars is that she was born of Dan, but had been widowed by a man of Naphtali. Or, her tribal identify has been corrupted by a scribal error.


  1. Hi there, both scriptures need verse 14. Also, I note that Dan is right next to Naphtali.

    1. (1 Kings 7:13, 14)
      “King Solʹo·mon sent for Hiʹram and brought him from Tyre. 14 He was the son of a widow from the tribe of Naphʹta·li, and his father was a Tyrʹi·an coppersmith; and he had great skill, understanding, and experience for all kinds of work in copper. So he came to King Solʹo·mon and did all his work.”

      (2 Chronicles 2:14, 15)
      “who is the son of a Danʹite woman but whose father was a man of Tyre; he has experience in working in gold, silver, copper, iron, stones, timbers, purple wool, blue thread, fine fabric, and crimson. He can do every sort of engraving and make any design he is given. He will work with your own skilled craftsmen and the skilled craftsmen of my lord David your father. 15 Now let my lord send the wheat, barley, oil, and wine he has promised to his servants.”


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