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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Probable reasons for Discrepancies in the Bible


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

Probable reasons for Discrepancies in the Bible

Nathaniel on the other hand, might have been expressing popular belief based on the documented prophecies. 

I am more inclined to admit it as an ‘error in memory’ similar to one found in Mark 2:26 which reads, “How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with them?” This quotation is from 1Sam.21: 1-6 and the then high priest in charge was Ahimelech, not Abiathar.

Similar phenomenon can be found throughout Old and New Testaments. “So Moses, the servant of Lord, died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord. And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Beth-peor: but no man knoweth of his sepulcher unto this day,” Deut.34: 5-6. 

We have no further information about what happened to Moses after that throughout the Old Testament, but in epistle according to St. Jude. v.9, devil and Michael, the archangel, disputed about the body of Moses and Michael said to devil, “Lord rebuke thee.” How this incident, which took place in heaven about 1400 years before his birth, was known to St. Jude when there is no trace in the now existing Bible? Again, in verse 14 it is written, “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints.” All we know about Enoch is from Gen.5: 21-24 and Heb.11: 5 where there is no mention of such a prophecy. 

It is apt to cogitate that St. Jude must have either read some books that are not in our present text or he might have known it from a tradition.

“Now the acts of David the King, first and last, behold they are written in the book of Samuel the seer, and in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the book of Gad the seer, 1 Chr.29: 29. Also refer 2Chr.9: 29A footnote in the Schofield ref. Pocket edition vide page 489 adds: “These books have perished.” How we would ascertain if the ‘perished books’ = might be thousands = did not contain divine instructions that we are bound to follow?

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