i've heard plenty of times about the condradictions in the bible. most times i can see how bogus they are, ie trying to say its a contradiction that all foods are clean/some foods are unclean. i understand the idea of the OT vs NT and the changing of laws and what not. i understand some other ones about god being merciful/god being angry and destructive. again, these critics know not the content and know not the context and the circumstances. i consider all attacks like these just not worth the argument, considering that the critic must be involved in the content they attack, which they clearly are not and therefore, don't understand the teachings.
however, there are some proposed errors in the bible that seem to have absolutely no explanation? i'll list the ones currently on my mind
for the record, i believe in the bible and i believe it to be without error, the devine work of god. i just don't have an answer for someone when given these instances.
MAT 1:16 vs LUK 3:23
kinda hard to explain to an attacker how this is not a contradiction. it directly lists two seperate blood lines of joseph.
MAT 27:5 vs ACT 1:18
one says judas hung himself, one says he exploded... explanation?
there doesn't appear to be any mention of this in jeremiah. must have been refering to Zechariah 11:12-13, although even that would be a very loose interpretation of zechariah. confused...
2KI 6:23 vs 2CH 36:9
one states that Jehoiachin was 8 years old when began to reign. one states he was 10 years older...
1KI 16:6-8 vs 2CH 16:1
again, there seems to be a 10 year differnce in the timeline.
2KI 8:26 22 vs 2CH 22:2 42
and again, timeline contradictions
2CH 36:1 vs JER 22:11
Josiah's successor is Jehoahaz in one, Shallum in the other
Ezra and Nehemiah have differences in their census figures...
jesus quotes a scripture.. but that scripture appears to not be in the bible.
LUK 24:46, 1COR 15:3-4
both of these accounts again claim that scripture supports the rise of jesus on the third day.. where is that scripture?
again, mathew claims that this was fullfilment of a prophecy. however, there isn't even a reference in the old testament of nazareth or nazarene.
MAT 2:1 vs LUK 2:2
mathew claims that jesus was born in the reign of herod, while luke claims he was born during the syrian governorship of quirinius. this is extra suspicious considering that mathew is the only account that tells the story of herod's masacre of all the infants. i seems as though the other accounts knew that herod was not currently the man in charge. in fact, herod is said to be dead at 4 B.C. i can understand that history must be wrong and the bible right, after all, history is written by the victors.. but luke directly claims that jesus was born during the reign of quirinius, who didn't get appointed to the positions utill 6 A.D. according to history... i can understand history being written wrong, but there isn't just an inconsistency between history and the bible, this is an inconsistency between the two books in the bible.
2SAM 21:19 vs 1CHR 20:5
both disagree with each other on who Elhanan killed...
2SAM 24:13 vs 1CHR 21:11, 12
one says 7 years of famine, the other 3
2SAM 8:4 vs 1 CHR 18:4
again, numbers are different. it sure seems like 2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles are regularly disagreeing with eachother! perhaps a bad copyer?
GEN 11:12 vs LUK 3:35, 36
the two acounts disagree on salah's father.
there are many more that i can't remember enough to directly quote them and apply a scripture as evidence, but i do remember many old testament prophecies that did not happen. and by not happen, i don't mean haven't yet happened. i mean they were direct prophecies for, say, a certain battle. that one side would prevail. and that side did indeed, not prevail. just confused and would love some good material to help defend the word of god.
thanks for any help