# Are there any objective mathematical/numerical contradictions in the Bible involving two or more passages? [closed]

Examples of what I mean by objective mathematical/numerical contradictions between two or more passages are:

• Passage 1 says "two years passed between events A and B" and Passage 2 says "ten years passed between events A and B". That would be an objective mathematical contradiction because 2 ≠ 10.
• Passage 1 says "the statue was 10 feet tall" and Passage 2 says (about the same statue) "the statue was 20 feet tall". Again, an objective contradiction because 10 ≠ 20.
• Passage 1 says "six people attended meeting X" and Passage 2 says "eight people attended meeting X", which is a contradiction as 6 ≠ 8.

A more sophisticated contradiction involving 3 passages could be something like this:

• Passage 1 says "there were 100 people at place A", Passage 2 says "there were 100 people at place B" and Passage 3 says "there were 1000 people in total at places A and B", which is a contradiction because 100 + 100 = 200, not 1000.

Are there any objective mathematical contradictions like that in the Bible? If so, are there any explanations for the existence of such contradictions?

(*) Note: If someone knows how to type mathematical formulas, please let me know. I tried \$2 \neq 3\$ (as you would do it in LaTeX), but it didn't work.

• this seems off topic, IMO this falls into the `what the Bible says about a subject`. Can you reframe the question to be more Christianity? I also don't think most Christians believe it contains contradictions Jan 18, 2022 at 17:07
• no, many of those are specifically scoped. Also I said falls into, but there is also the fact that the bible is canon to Christians, asking for contradictions seems off topic. Asking about a contradiction you find is on topic, but asking for contradictions seems like asking what is wrong with denomination X belief, except you broadened it to be all of Christendom Jan 18, 2022 at 17:34
• @depperm - 1) what do you mean by specifically scoped? Is this question specifically scoped: christianity.stackexchange.com/q/6615/50422 ??? 2) I'm asking for objective mathematical contradictions, where there is no room for interpretation (6 is not equal to 10 however you spin it).
– user50422
Jan 18, 2022 at 17:38
• In Biblical Hermeneutics, so-called 'contradictions' are handled one at a time and examined in detail. I know of no 'contradiction' in scripture that is not easily resolved by proper translation and correct understanding of the narratives. This question, in my own view, lacks focus. Jan 19, 2022 at 10:04