Questions tagged [contradiction]

At points the Bible seems to display contradictions in parallel accounts or the understanding of a given concept. Questions with this tag are (usually) seeking a resolution to the (apparent) contradiction.

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Differences in Genesis creation stories

It is sometimes depicted that the basic argument to read "the creation story" (Genesis 1) as a non literal story are modern science and the evolution theory. But I believe that the biggest problem ...
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Who incited David to take a census and what's wrong with taking a census anyway?

According to 2 Samuel 24:1 (NRSV) it was the Lord who incited David: Again the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he incited David against them, saying, "Go, count the people of ...
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How can John 1:18 say that "No man has seen God" when the Bible says that Abraham, Moses, Job and others have?

At John 1:18 it says, "No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him." But Genesis 17:1 says the Lord appeared to Abram ...
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Why pray, "lead us not into temptation"?

Those famous words from The Lord's Prayer, Matthew 6:13: And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. I find puzzling. Why would anyone ask God not to lead is into temptation,...
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Does 1st Kings say that pi = 3?

The construction of Solomon's temple includes a piece of furnishing described in 1 Kings 7:23 (ESV): Then he made the sea of cast metal. It was round, ten cubits from brim to brim, and five cubits ...
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In Revelation 20:14, what is meant by "Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire"?

In Revelation 20:14 (ESV) we read: "Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire." The concept of "fire" is used multiple times in the New ...
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Luke 22:16 - Did Jesus say he was not going to eat THAT Passover?

Related: - Is there any significance to using φάγω vs ἐσθίω? - In Luke 22, How Should Prepare and Eat - be Translated from the Aorist Subjunctive? - In the early church, was the Last Supper Considered ...
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Historical Evidence that the Jewish Calendar Day Began at Sunset?

1. Question - a Reference Request In view of the question : Luke 23:54 - How should "Sabbath Dawning" be Interpreted? Whether or not Luke is stating that the Sabbath began at dawn, or not ...
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Who named the wrong priest in Mark 2:26?

Here's a story Jesus told about David according to Mark 2:23-28 (ESV): One Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. And ...
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What did the 70 elders see, if man can't see God and live?

Exodus 24:10 says, of the 70 elders who went up on the mountain with Moshe: וַיִּרְאוּ, אֵת אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל and they saw the God of Israel Meanwhile, Exodus 33:20 says, when Moshe asks to see God:...
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Why did Abel keep flocks if man wasn't supposed to eat flesh til after the Flood?

Per Genesis 9:3, man is given the animals as food after the flood. A reasonable implication of that statement is that prior to this, man was supposed to be vegetarian. That said, Genesis 4:2 clearly ...
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Was or wasn’t Shem’s son Arphaxad born on the ark?

My question is at the very bottom of this; I'm using the KJV. According to the following 4 verses, Shem's son Arphaxad would have been born on the ark. Gen 5:32 And Noah was 500 years old: and ...
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Luke 23:54 - Historical Evidence that the Jewish Calendar Day began at Sunrise?

Closely Related: - Historical Evidence that the Jewish Calendar Day Began at Sunset? - Luke 23:54 - How should "Sabbath Dawning" be Interpreted? - Historical Evidence of the Sabbath Rest ...
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How did Judas die? How can the stories in Matthew and Acts be reconciled?

In fact, there are multiple discrepancies between these two verses, what did really happen? Matthew 27:5-8 5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged ...
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Has anyone seen God or not?

In Exodus 33:11 So the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses returned to the camp, his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart ...
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Plants created before the sun?

I've read Differences in Genesis creation stories but there's one aspect that's not discussed: how did plants survive without sunlight? Genesis 1:11 recounts the third day: And God said, "Let the ...
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Did Abraham leave Haran before or after his father died?

Genesis 11:31-12-1 appears to indicate that Abram left Haran after his father Terah had died. (The author of the New Testament book of Acts certainly saw it that way.) Terah took his son Abram and ...
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What did Jesus mean in John 20:23 when he talked about his followers forgiving sins?

What did Jesus mean in John 20:23 when he said, “If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained”? According to other ...
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How can John 3:13-14 be reconciled with what happened to Enoch, Elijah and Jesus?

While at least two people didn't die, Jesus spoke of only the Son of man ascending into heaven. Jesus next said the Son of man would need to be lifted up. John 3:13-14 (KJV) (Jesus said) “And ...
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How long were the Children of Israel enslaved in Egypt, according to the Bible?

In Genesis 15:13 God told Abram that his descendants would be slaves in a foreign land for 400 years. This number is also mentioned in Acts 7:6. Exodus 12:41 says that the Israelites were in Egypt ...
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Is David the Godfather?

As David neared the end of his life, he calls Solomon to himself and gives him some final instructions recorded in 1 Kings 2:1-10. It starts out how you'd maybe expect, with David admonishing Solomon ...
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Who is speaking, the angel or Jesus in Revelation 22:8-16?

Revelation 22:8-16 (ESV): 8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, 9 but he said to ...
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Israelite covenant: everlasting or obsolete?

1 Chronicles 16:6-7,14-18 (NIV) says that the Israelite covenant is everlasting: 6 and Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests were to blow trumpets regularly before the ark of the covenant of God. 7 Then ...
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Is John 21:24 contradicting Luke 1:3?

At the beginning of his gospel, Luke states that (1:3): 3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you....
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Historical Evidence of the Sabbath Rest Beginning the Preceding Night?

1. Question - a Reference Request for Historical Evidence: In view of this question : Luke 23:54 - How should "Sabbath Dawning" be Interpreted? Is there any historical evidence showing ...
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How many and who were the people the women found at Jesus' tomb?

In the empty tomb stories, somebody was already there when the women arrived. But how many people and who were they? For reference: Mark: a young man Matthew: an angel of the Lord Luke: two men ...
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How should 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 be interpreted?

We ask you, brothers, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our assembling with him, not to be shaken out of your minds suddenly, or to be alarmed either by a "spirit," 2 or by an ...
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Why did Pilate refer to Jesus as Christ/Messiah?

Why did Pilate refer to the fact that Jesus was called (by some) Christ/Messiah during his debate with the Sanhedrin...given that Pilate knew it was envy that motivated their accusations against Jesus ...
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How could Rachel fulfill Joseph's dream if she was dead?

Genesis 35:24 states that the only two sons of Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin: The sons of Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin. Genesis 35:16-19 makes it clear that Rachel died in Childbirth. They ...
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In the Gospels, How Should the Hours of the Day be Understood?

Per this question, there was a comment suggesting that the 6th hour may actually be the 3rd hour - or even the noon hour. Being unfamiliar with this, how is the 6th hour possibly the same as the ...
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John 12:27 vs Luke 22:42 Contradiction?

In John 12:27 Jesus says “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour" But in Luke 22:42 he says “...
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Why is a singular verb used to describe both Moses and Aaron?

Continuing the response to the meta call for contradiction. The following contradiction is invisible in English. It appears in the Hebrew of Exodus 4:29. וַיֵּלֶךְ מֹשֶׁה, וְאַהֲרֹן; וַיַּאַסְפוּ, ...
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Eternal oblivion or Afterlife [closed]

The Christian Bible is based on the concept of hell and heaven yet it contradicts itself by revealing eternal oblivion instead of afterlife: Ecclesiastes 9:5-10 5: For the living know that they will ...
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Can John's Passion chronology be reconciled with that of the Synoptics?

Background: Over the centuries, many readers of the four Gospels have seen significant discrepancies between John and the Synoptics, particularly with regards to chronology. This has led many to ...
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What is the "first resurrection"?

Finishing up the year in the Bible, I heard this passage: Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been ...
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According to Romans 5, is death caused by individual sin, or Adam's sin?

In Romans 5, Paul says: Romans 5:12 (ESV) 12  Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— Which ...
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How can one reconcile Ephesians 2:8-9 with Philippians 2:12?

It is clear from Ephesians 2:8-9 that salvation is by grace received through faith alone and not one's doing, not a result of works but Philippians 2:12 seems to be saying otherwise. For by grace ...
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Can we harmonize the two meetings of David and Saul?

My daily reading reached the moment when Samuel anointed David, which is followed immediately by the first meeting of Saul and David: Now the spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil ...
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Does God have regret or not in 1st Samuel 15?

In 1 Samuel 15:29 he writes that the "Glory of Israel" will not have regret, yet in verse 35 he writes that the Lord regretted making Saul king. 1 Samuel 15:28,29 ESV And Samuel said to him,...
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Do Ephesians 1:13 and Acts 8:14-17; 19:1-7 contradict each other?

On the one hand Ephesians 1:13 appears to state that Christians receive the Holy Spirit upon the moment of conversion: Ephesians 1:13 (NIV) 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the ...
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Was John the Baptist confused or mistaken about the nature of Jesus' ministry?

John preached a message of imminent judgment: Luke 3:7-9 John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear ...
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Is the resurrected body of Jesus fleshly?

“Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:” ‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:2‬ ‭KJV‬‬ Not addressing whether this is translated correctly in the ...
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Luke 22 : What was Jesus' Basis to Order His Disciples to Violate the Passover Sabbath?

Related: - In the early church, was the Last Supper Considered a Passover Feast? - During the Passion - What laws might Jesus and his disciples been accused of breaking? NOTE: Hopefully, this ...
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Is this a contradiction in the first sentence of Genesis 1?

In Gen. 1:1-2, it states, In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved ...
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How could King Herod have killed John the baptist in Matthew 14?

According to Matthew's narrative King Herod is said to have died whilst Christ was still a child in Egypt with his parents.It is said King Herod had been succeeded by his son Archelaus when Joseph ...
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According to Hebrews 11:5, did Enoch actually die? (Compare Hebrews 11:13)

According to the Book of Hebrews, did Enoch actually die? How is this "contradiction" resolved? Excerpted from this answer, https://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/a/27939/6338 By faith ...
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Lapping like dogs or using their hands? An inconsistency in Judges 7:5-7

In Judges 7:5-7 God tells Gideon to make a test and to decide, based on the this, who will stay with him and who will leave. This is what what we are told from verse 5 about the test: And the LORD ...
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Why are the three accounts of Paul's conversion on the road to Damascus different

Paul himself makes no mention of a conversion on the road to Damascus, whereas Acts of the Apostles has not one, but three accounts: At Acts 9:3-8, Paul was blinded by a light and fell down, then ...
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Re. The Crucifixion: Possible to Correlate Timekeeping and Calendar Systems?

Related: - Historical Evidence that the Jewish Calendar Day Began at Sunset? - In the Gospels, How Should the Hours of the Day be Understood? - Historical Evidence that the Jewish Calendar Day ...
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Was Abiathar the son of Ahimelech or was Ahimelech the son of Abiathar?

According to the following three verses, Abiathar was the son of Ahimelech: 1 Samuel 22:20. 1 Samuel 23:6. 1 Samuel 30:7. But a couple other passages down the road claim that in fact Ahimelech ...