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Apparent contradictions between or within passages of the Bible

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Does Hermann Gunkel’s pioneering form-critical work on the psalms encroach on inspiration?

Hans-Joachim Kraus’s monumental work on the Psalms often refers to Hermann Gunkel’s commentary on the Psalms. In his commentary on Psalm 28,2, Kraus writes the following: “H. Gunkel suggests that we ...
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Apparent contradiction between Isaiah 44 and Psalm 82

From this question, and the comments, I am under the impression that Isaiah 44:6-8 6 Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and ...
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What does "throughout your generations" mean with respect to Mosaic Law? [closed]

What is the phrase “throughout your generations” referring to the Mosaic Law? For example, And God saith unto Abraham, `And thou dost keep My covenant, thou and thy seed after thee, to their ...
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Was it a good thing that Jesus's disciples trusted him?

Jesus clearly encourages his disciples to break the Mosaic Law on several occasions (i.e. Mt 12, 15). But isn’t it true that they had no way of knowing who he was at that point? Doesn’t that mean ...
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The status of Mosaic Law during Jesus' lifetime

How can the following verses be reconciled? Matthew 5:18-20: “Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, ...
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Does Isaiah 66:17 ban the eating of pork and mice? [duplicate]

As Isaiah 66:15-24 contains a prophecy for the end times does Isaiah 66:17 (ESV): “Those who sanctify and purify themselves to go into the gardens, following one in the midst, eating pig's flesh and ...
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How can Proverbs 8:22-36 be about Jesus?

Proverbs 8:22-23 (LXX) says The Lord made me the beginning of his ways for his works. He established me before time in the beginning, before he made the earth How can that be Jesus if Jesus was not ...
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Do James 2:24 and Romans 3:28 contradict? [duplicate]

(both quotes in NKJV) James 2:24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. Romans 3:28 For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the ...
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How can Jesus bear our sin if he was righteous Ezekiel 18:19-20

Ezekiel 18:19-20 NKJV : 19 “Yet you say, ‘Why should the son not bear the guilt of the father?’ Because the son has done what is lawful and right, and has kept all My statutes and observed them, he ...
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How do Exodus 31:17 and Isaiah 40:28 not contradict? [Please read description] [closed]

**Exodus 31:17 ESV: It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed. Isaiah 40:28 ESV: ...
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Is the context of Mark 7:19 eating bread without ceremonial handwashing (Ref. Mark 7:1, Matt 15:2) or about unclean animals?

The contemporary Christian interpretation of the passage found in Mark 7:19 seems incompatible with the greater context of the chapter as a whole. How can this be about unclean meat? Mark 7:19 NASB ...
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If you die when you touch the ark how did the Philistines able to raid the ark cause the rod and the manna were missing when Solomon built the temple?

When were Aaron's budded rod and the golden jar of manna still with the ark? When Solomon built his temple the only thing in the ark was the stone tablets. But if the Philistines took them, how ...
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Why does God, according to his own words, "create evil"?

I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. (Isaiah 45:7) [emphasis mine] This is consistent with God being called "all-mighty" and ...
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Are Christians children or brethren of Jesus?

I noticed the hymn Redeemed states the following in its chorus (emphasis added): Redeemed, redeemed, Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb; Redeemed, redeemed, His child, and forever, I am. This chorus ...
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How do Unitarian see the Problem of sharing YHWHs Honor with the Son? Isaiah 48:11 and John 5:23

In Isaiah 48:11 we see that the Father YHWH does not share his Glory/Honor with anybody. For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not ...
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Jehovah's Witnesses teach Jesus was created and he's "a god" according to John 1:1 in their NWT. Yet the Bible teaches all men are sinners?

Since all men are sinners according to some of the following verses, why do other verses teach that Jesus Christ was sinless? Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived ...
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How do non-Trinitarian denominations perceive supposed contradictions between John 1:1 vs John 1:14?

John 1:14 is generally used to say that "God" became "flesh" based on the understanding that "the Word" addressed in John 1:1 refers to God. However, other texts of ...
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Can you help me solve this theological puzzle over John 1:14?

John 1:14 is generally used to say that "God" became "flesh" based on the understanding that "the Word" addressed in John 1:1 refers to God. However, several other texts ...
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In what ways do Christian denominations reconcile the discrepancy between Hebrews 9:27 and its Biblical counter-examples?

Hebrews 9:27 King James Version 27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: Background: Hebrews 9:27 is used literally to refute the concept of reincarnation and ...
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Reconciling Genesis 1 with Science: Order of Creation

Let's go through it and number the issues with the order of creation. Some issues are with science (I mark with an S), but others are actually apparent even to an ancient reader, within the text ...
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How is the textual discrepancy between Exodus 20:8 and Romans 14:5 explained?

According to American Atheists there is a contradiction between Exodus 20:8 and Romans 14:5. American Atheists “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” — Exodus 20:8 “One man esteemeth one day ...
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How could the Pharisees anticipate Jesus’ resurrection before the disciples?

The gospel of Matthew records that after Jesus’ death, the Pharisees and teachers of the Law went to Pilate to ask for a guard, since they remembered that Jesus said he would rise again on the third ...
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How do Latter-day Saints respond to the claim that Alma 7:10 contradicts Micah 5:2 regarding the place of Jesus' birth?

Regarding Jesus' birth, the Book of Mormon prophet Alma prophesies: And behold, he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers (Alma 7:10) Micah 5:2 refers not to ...
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Did the Passover Crucifixion Involve a Double Sabbath?

In Regards to S.E. Answer: The Consummate Refutation of Christianity—if the Last Supper was a Passover Feast. Since any day of the week that Passover falls on is considered a Sabbath, doesn't it make ...
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Is there a contradiction between 1 Corinthians 15:24-28 and Daniel 7:13-14, Luke 1:33, and Ephesians 1:21?

1 Corinthians 15:24-28 states that Jesus will reign only until all enemies have been placed under His feet, at which point He will hand everything to the Father and subject Himself to Him. then comes ...
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According to proponents of Sola Scriptura, what are examples of logical contradictions between doctrines from the Bible and LDS sacred books?

For proponents of Sola Scriptura, only the Bible is inspired and authoritative. For Latter-day Saints, three additional books are inspired and authoritative too: the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and ...
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How do adherents to the maxim "clearer passages interpret less clear ones" handle cases where two sets of "clear" passages contradict each other?

Many times I've heard suggestions to the effect that "clearer passages should guide our interpretation of less clear ones". This is related to the principle that "Scripture interprets ...
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How do believers in the tripartite nature of man (body, soul and spirit) reconcile Genesis 2:7, 1 Corinthians 15:44-45 and Matthew 10:28?

Essentially I'd like to know what trichotomists (i.e. believers in a tripartite nature of man, consisting of body, soul and spirit) have to say about a question I recently asked on Biblical ...
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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 &...
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What are the strongest alleged contradictions between Luke-Acts and the Pauline letters in John Bowden's, "The Historical Jesus"?

In an article on "Authorship of Luke-Acts" in Wikipedia, it states the following: According to a Church tradition, first attested by Irenaeus (c. 130 – c. 202 AD), he was the Luke named as ...
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What evidence does the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offer regarding claims of degradation of Biblical texts?

Based upon answers and comments to this question it appears that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that the Bible translations in use by all other Christian traditions have ...
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How do LDS reconcile Ephesians 3:17 and D&C 130:3?

In several passages Christ says that he will dwell in his followers. Ephesians 3:17 is one of the clearest: Ephesians 3:16-17a: I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power ...
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Does any of the LDS extra-biblical holy books ever clearly contradict the Bible? [closed]

I ask as I am only familiar with the Bible. I am asking those familiar with both the Bible and the LDS extra-biblical holy books, i.e. the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great ...
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Is there a contradiction between the intent of St. Paul in 1 Cor 10: 27-29 vis-a-vis that in verses 29-30?

We read in 1 Cor 10: 27-29 how St. Paul takes a liberal view on the culinary habits of the faithful : If an unbeliever invites you to a meal and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you ...
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Contradiction or translation problem with Moses in Exodus?

Exodus tells of Moses meeting face to face with God. Shortly thereafter there is a warning that nobody can see God's face or they will die. So contradiction, translation problem, or other ...
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Did King James have any words put into the book of Deuteronomy in the translation of the Bible?

I have been told that there is a letter held by the University of St. Andrews, Scotland from King James telling the translators to include words against witchcraft; this being a follow-on from the ...
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Did God accept a sacrifice that was against His own law?

I am seeking a biblical answer to the following objection: "Since God clearly prohibited human sacrifices in the Pentateuch, why would He choose to atone for the sins of humanity seemingly in the ...
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The Mormon Church teaches that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His Son. How do you reconcile this when the Bible says the Father cannot be seen?

Top leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a document titled: "The Restoration of the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ; A Bicentennial Proclamation to the world. ...
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Could Jesus’ appearing before Pilate, Herod, and scourging happen in 3 hours?

The time line is answered as seen in this answered question: Can John's Passion chronology be reconciled with that of the Synoptics? It seems most reasonable to me. Yet I am still left with the ...
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Why are Ahimelech and Abiathar reversed in 2 Sam. 8:17?

In 1 Samuel 22:20-23, we see that Ahimelech was killed by the order of Saul and his son Abiathar escaped: 20 But one son of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped and fled after ...
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Is disagreement over Jesus' physical look a problem? [closed]

I was talking with one Mythicist, and he claims that Church fathers dissagree about Jesus's appearence so much that He was just their invention. On Celsus's claim that Jesus was ugly and small, ...
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1 Corinthians 4:15-16 - does Paul have the right to raise himself higher than others going against Jesus teaching? [closed]

1 Corinthians 4:15-16 Even if you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. 16 Therefore I urge you to ...
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How do the Jehovah's witnesses reconcile Isaiah 44:24 with their belief that Jesus is the only direct creation of God?

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Jesus is God's only direct creation, and that it was Jesus who created all other things: Since all created things had a beginning, there was a time when God was ...
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Are the teachers and prophets who laid hands on Saul & Barnabas in Acts13:1-3 ordained Bishops?

Some Catholics justify St. Paul’s apostolic succession by citing Acts 13:1-3: Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (...
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How old was Zedekiah when he became king?

1 Chronicles 3:15 says Jehoiakim was born 2nd, Zedekiah was born 3rd, and Shallum [Jehoahaz] was born 4th. Jehoahaz was 23 years old when he became king, and Jehoiakim was 25 years old when he became ...
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A confusion about the fullfilment of the law

Jesus said in Mat 5:17-18: Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth ...
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How is Moses' and Jesus' contradictory teaching regarding oaths reconciled?

In Deuteronomy Moses teaches to make oaths in the Lord's name: Fear the Lord your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name. Deuteronomy 6:13 NIV Fear the Lord your God and serve ...
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How many died because of immorality in the wilderness?

Why does 1 Corinthians 10:8 say that 23,000 Israelites fell in one day for committing fornication, while Numbers 25:9 gives the figure as 24,000? 1 Cor 10:8 NWT Neither let us practice sexual ...
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Why does God not love Satan if He tell us to love our enemies to be as His Children (Luke 6:35-36)? [closed]

If we have to be forgiving and love our enemies to follow The Nature of God The Father and be as His Children, then why doesn't He love His own enemy, Satan? Matthew 5:44-45 King James Version (KJV) ...
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Who did Christ first appear to after his resurection?

In First Corinthians, St. Paul says the Cephas (Peter) was the first that Christ appeared to after he was raised to life, yet in the Gospels it is said that Mary of Magdala was the first. I am ...
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