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I was browsing the web and found a list of contradictions in the bible. I found that quite a lot (at least in this list) were numbers which did not correspond. A lot of them compare a number from Samuel or Kings with Chronicles, and they do not match. Why do these numbers not match?

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closed as too broad by Mawia, Narnian, wax eagle Jan 21 '14 at 14:03

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I hate to say this, but having looked at the list I would have to say there is no one answer to all of them and you would need to ask each one separately. For instance in the case of Noah there really is no discrepancy since after the flood he sacrificed some animals to the Lord, and that obviously was not the pair kept for procreation. – BYE Jan 21 '14 at 13:36
Beware of the gatekeepers who don't know their own bias! For them anything that paints the Bible as wrong must be true. You want to get your sources as those who have an informed bias, those who carefully examine the evidence on its own merit, looking at both sides of the argument. People who compile these lists are not thinking things through: "if it's against the Bible, then it must be true," is their internal motto. – Steve Jan 21 '14 at 13:51
Have to agree with Cecil here, asking a question that addressed all of the inconsistencies is too broad. Also, please keep in mind that this might not be the right place to ask about those inconsistencies. If you're asking purely textual questions you'd be wise to try our sister site Biblical Hermeneutics – wax eagle Jan 21 '14 at 14:04
@CecilBeckum Congratulations on reaching 3k! You now have the privilege to close questions. – Mawia Jan 21 '14 at 15:59
RE Steve's comment: As a born-again, Fundamentalist, Bible-believing Christian let me say: If you really want the truth, read both sides and weigh them against each other. Atheists will say that Christians gloss over any argument against the Bible and Christians say that atheists gloss over any argument that supports the Bible. Read and study for yourself. – Jay Jan 22 '14 at 5:17

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