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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

More on Discrepancies


The Bible 
by Rev. Fr. K.K. John
Source - www.malankaraworld.com

More on Discrepancies

Regarding discrepancies I do not wish to deal in detail. It is a very vast subject. However I cannot resist but give a few examples. 

I have already hinted that according to the modern thinkers the Pentateuch is not written by Moses but derived from ‘J, E, D, P’ traditions and that these were written many years after the narration actually took place for instance, Genesis 12:6 and 13:7 says, “And the Canaanite was then in the land.”

Discrepancies, repetitions and contradictory statements of the same incident crept in as a result of compiling different traditions. For example, according to Gen.1: 1-2 God created all the living beings both animate and inanimate before creating man (man was the last creation). 

As per Gen.2: 9 God created another set of plants, the tree of knowledge and the tree of life after the creation of man. As per Gen 1:27 God created man in his own image, “in the image of God created he him; male and female created he him”. Here man and woman are created at the same time and by the word of mouth, but in chapter 2: 7 man is created by his own hands (formed) and given life and soul by His own breath but there is no mention of His image. 

God also installs man in the specially developed Garden of Eden, and parades all the animals in front of Adam so as to name them and Adam does so. Creation of Eve was a later act and of very special and distinct method Gen.2: 21-23.

Regarding creation of light there are two versions: Gen. 1:3 “let there be light; and there was light.” He divided the light from the darkness. Verse 4. That was the first day of creation. Verse 14-18 deal with the same light i.e. creation of Sun, moon and stars as the fourth day’s work, Gen. 4:14-15.

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