IZHARUL-HAQ READING CONTINUED
CONTRADICTIONS AND ERRORS IN THE
BIBLICAL TEXT (THE CONTRADICTIONS )
“Had it (the Holy Qur’an) been from other than
God, they would surely have found therein much
discrepancy.” (Qur’an 4:82)
The texts of all the Judeo-Christian scriptures contain surprisingly numerous
contradictions and errors that are easily spotted by a serious reader of the Bible.
This section is devoted to pointing out some of these contradictions 1 in
numerical order. The errors found in these texts will be discussed separately in
the following section.
Contradiction No. 1
Any serious reader making a comparison between chapters 45 and 46 of the
book of Ezekiel, and chapters 28 and 29 of the book of Numbers will notice
great contradiction in the doctrines 2 mentioned therein.
Contradiction No. 2
A comparison between chapter 13 of the Book of Joshua and chapter 2 of
Deuteronomy concerning the inheritance of the children of Gad discloses a plain
contradiction. One of the two statements has to be wrong.
I Chronicles chapters 7 and 8 concerning the descendants of Benjamin
makes a statement which contradicts chapter 46 of Genesis. The Judea-Christian
scholars have had to admit that the statement made by Chronicles is erroneous.
This will be discussed later.
Contradiction No. 4
AThere is great discrepancy in the description of genealogical names in I
Chronicles 8:29-35 and 9:35-44. This contradiction was noticed by Adam
Clarke who says in volume 2 of his commentary: “The Jewish scholars claim
that Ezra had found two books which contained these sentences with the
contradicting names and since he could not prefer one to the other, he included
both of them.”
Contradiction No. 5
In 2 Samuel 24:9, it says:
And Joab gave up the number of the people unto the king: and there
were in Israel eight hundred thousand valiant men that drew the sword
and the men of Judah were five hundred thousand men.
On the other hand, we find in I Chronicles 21:5:
And Joab gave the sum of the number of the people unto David. And
all they of Israel were a thousand thousand and an hundred thousand men
that drew sword: and Judah was four hundred and three score and ten
thousand men that drew sword.
The discrepancy in these statements amounts to a great contradiction in the
number of people. There is a difference of three hundred thousand in the
number of the Israelites while the difference in the number of the People of
Judah is thirty thousand.
Contradiction No. 6
We read in 2 Samuel 24:13:
“So Gad 3 came to David, and told him, and said unto him, Shall seven
years of famine come unto thee in thy land?
However we read in 1 Chr. 21:12:
“Either three years famine or…. “
The contradiction is quite obvious, since the former statement speaks of
seven years of famine while the latter statement mentions only three years of famine referring to the same occasion. The commentators of the Bible have
admitted that the former statement is erroneous.
Contradiction No. 7
In 2 Kings 8:26 we find this statement:
“Two and twenty years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign; and he
reigned one year in Jerusalem. “
In contrast with the above statement we read in 2 Chr. 22:2:
“Forty and two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign… “
This contradiction speaks for itself. The latter statement is obviously wrong
and the commentators on the Bible have admitted this to be the case. It has to be
wrong because the age of Ahaziah’s father, Jehoram, at the time of his death
was 40 years and Ahaziah began reigning just after the death of his father as is
known from the previous chapter. In this case if we did not negate the latter
statement it would mean that the son was two years older than his father.
Contradiction No. 8
In 2 Kings 24:8 it is stated that:
“Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he began to reign… “
This statement is contradicted by 2 Chr. 36:9 which says:
“Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began to reign… “
The contradiction is more than obvious. The second statement is erroneous
as will be shown later in this book. This has been admitted by Bible
Contradiction No. 9
There is an obvious contradiction between the statements of 2 Samuel 23:8 4
and and 1 Chronicle 11:11
Both are talking of the mighty men of David. Adam Clarke, making
comments on the former statements of 2 Samuel, has quoted Dr Kennicot as
saying that the verse in question contains three great distortions. This requires
no further comment.
Contradiction No. 10
It is stated in 2 Samuel 5 and 6 that David brought the Ark to Jerusalem after
defeating the Philistines, while chapters 13 and 14 of 1 Chronicles, describing
the same event, make David bring the Ark before the defeat of Philistine 6.
One of the two statements must be wrong.
Contradiction No. 11
In Genesis 6:19,20 and 7:8,9 we read:
“And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring
into the Ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.”
“Of fowls after their kind and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping
thing of the earth after its kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee. “
But as we proceed a little further to the next chapter of this book we
suddenly come to this statement.
“Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his
female, and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and the female.”
When we proceed to the next verse it says: ”Of fowls also of the air by
The contradiction speaks for itself.
Contradiction No. 12
It is understood from the Book of Numbers 31:7 that the Israelites killed all
the men of Midian during the lifetime of Moses 7, and only their young girls were allowed to live in servitude. This statement contradicts the description
given in Judges 6 from which it is understood that in the time of Judges the
Midianites were so strong and powerful that they dominated the Israelites while
historically the time difference between the two periods is not more than one
Having been totally wiped out, how could the Midianites have been
sufficiently strong and powerful to keep the Israelites under their domination for
seven years within the short period of only one hundred years? 8
Contradiction No. 13
Exodus 9:6 states:
“And the Lord did that thing on the morrow, and all the cattle of Egypt
died: but of the cattle of the children of Israel died not one.”
This implies that all the cattle of Egypt had died but it is contradicted by
another statement of the same chapter of the same book which says:
“He that feared the word of the Lord among the servants of Pharaoh made
his servants and his cattle flee into the houses”
“And he that regarded not the word of the Lord left his servants and his
cattle in the field 9.”
The discrepancy in the above statements needs no comment.
Contradiction No. 14
Genesis 8:4,5 contains this statement:
“And the Ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the
month, upon the mountains of Ararat.”
“And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth
month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.”
This statement contains a serious contradiction of facts, since the Ark could
have not rested on the mountain in the seventh month as described in the first
verse if the tops of the mountains could not be seen until the first day of the
tenth month as described by the next verse.
Contradictions No. 15 – 26
A comparison between 2 Samuel 8 and 1 Chronicles 18, discloses a great
number of discrepancies and contradictions in the original version in the
Hebrew language, although the translators have tried to rectify some of them.
We reproduce some of them in parallel columns below, using the
commentary of Adam Clarke on Samuel. As can be seen there are numerous
contradictions in these two chapters.
The Words of 2 Samuel (8) Verse
The Words of I Chronicles (18)
1 ”David smote the Philistines and
subdued them and took the tax 10 out
of the hand of Philistines.”
1 “David smote the Philistines and subdued
them and took Gath and her towns out of the
hands of Philistines.”
3 “Hadadezer” 3 “Hadarezer”
4 “A thousand chariots and seven
4 “A thousand chariots and seven thousand
8 “And from Betah and from Berothai,
cities of Hadadezer King David took
exceeding much brass”
8 “From Tibbath, and from Chun, Cities of
Hadarezer brought David very much brass”
10 “Joram, his son unto King David” 10 “Hadoram, his son to the King David”
17 “… and Ahimelech, the son of
Abiathar were the priests, and Seraiah
was the scribe”
17 “… and Abimelech, the son of Abiathar
were the priests, and Shavsha was scribe”
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