Why are the lists in Ezra 2 and Nehemiah 7 different?

Question: When I read Ezra and Nehemiah, I had some problems with the counting numbers recorded in both books. I believe the list of names in Ezra chapter 2 and Nehemiah chapter 7 are the same thing. But the number of singers and porters are different in these two books. While in Ezra 2:41-42 there…

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Inspiration and Trivia

Short Talk   Question:        How can the Bible claim to be from the mouth of God when it contains so much trivial information, such as Paul’s request to bring his cloak in II Timothy 4:13? Surely, these things cannot be inspired! Answer: I.         What superficially appears to be trivial may, upon deeper reflection, be a rich depository…

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Does the Bible state the world is flat?

Question: [This is the first point in an overly long document that was sent, purporting to prove there are errors in the Bible. This first point claims that the Bible states the world is flat. I’m not going to give space for false teaching, but I want to illustrate with this first point the errors…

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Leprosy!

by Paul Williams The repulsive disease of leprosy has a strange fascination. God’s law for Israel described its symptoms in detail and gave minute instructions to the priest for its diagnosis. This law also said, “As for the leper who has the infection, his clothes shall be torn, and the hair of his head shall…

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When did Jehoiachin begin reigning and how long did he reign?

Question: When did Jehoiachin begin reigning and how long did he reign? II Kings 24:8 and II Chronicles 36:9 give two different numbers. Answer: “Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months. His mother’s name was Nehushta the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem” (II Kings 24:8). “Jehoiachin…

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How many years of famine did God threaten David with?

Question: How many years of famine did God threaten David with? II Samuel 24:13 and I Chronicles 21:12 have a different number of years. Answer: “So Gad came to David and told him; and he said to him, “Shall seven years of famine come to you in your land? Or shall you flee three months…

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How many fighting men did Joab count in Israel and Judah?

Question: How many fighting men did Joab count in Israel and Judah? II Samuel 24:9 says 800,000 and 500,000; but I Chronicles 21:5 says 1,100,000 and 470,000. Answer: When dealing with numbers, you must ask yourself two questions: Are the same group of people being counted and could one account or the other be rounding…

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How can I know the God of the Bible isn’t a myth?

Question: How do I know that believing in God is the right thing to do? How do I know that the Bible isn’t something that is made for mankind to get by through life without worrying as much as non-believers do? I don’t know what to think about God and life and death. Just the…

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I’ve read that Joshua’s conquest of Jericho and Ai could not have happened.

Question: I’ve been reading about archaeology and the city of Ai and that Joshua’s conquest could not have happened there as the Bible claims. I really could use some help with that. Answer: You need to keep in mind that the “datings” by archeologists are based on modern-day chronologies which have a likelihood of errors. What is…

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How can I believe the Bible when science has proven it wrong?

Question: That was an interesting article about the possible age of the earth.  I am a Christian but still need some answers so I can feel comfortable about where I stand. So if I understand it correctly, there is scientifically proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, undeniable truth that the earth is much, much older…

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Constantine created the King James Bible

Question: Left unedited. I read “The Origin of the King James Version” and find it very interesting but you never say anything about the actual origin of the King James Bible. In short, this version was created by Emperor Constantine in the year 325AD. At this time, he was losing his hold on his empire…

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Does the Bible teach that the sun rotates around the earth?

Question: In school, I learned that the Earth rotated around the sun. Now in our church, we are taught that the earth stands still. Do you have an opinion on this? Answer: Yes, my opinion is that you need to find a true church. Long before Einstein came up with his theory of relativity, people…

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The Historical Accuracy of the Bible

by Jim Sasser To be divinely inspired, a book must be historically accurate.  For if its credibility cannot be established on the basis of known events, it certainly cannot be relied upon as an adequate guide in matters beyond our ability to check.  On the other hand, if we can demonstrate that such a book…

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How do we know that we have an accurate rendition of the oral teachings?

Question: Since parts of the New Testament were first delivered orally, how do we know if we have a 100% accurate rendition of the original writings that were spoken by the Holy Spirit? I’ve heard that through oral teachings, details could be lost and distorted. For example, someone may deliver a story to 20 people…

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The Mesha Stele

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton In 1868, a stone monument was found at the ancient site of Dibon, once the capital of Moab. The site is currently located in the modern country of Jordan. The black basalt stele is a record of King Mesha of Moab recounting his rebellion against Israel. “Now Mesha king of Moab…

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What Kind of Flood?

by Edwin L. Crozier via Gospel Power, Vol. 15, No. 1, Jan. 6, 2008. I have heard Bible believers debate the flood. I use the term “Bible believers” loosely here because some of these so-called believers can’t seem to accept the Bible for what it says. Genesis 6:17 says, “I will bring a flood of…

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Was Matthew originally written in Hebrew or Aramaic?

Question: One of the problems I would have with your explanation is whether or not Matthew wrote the words in Greek or did he write the words in the original Aramaic.  Most Bible scholars believe that Matthew wrote in Aramaic and while Mark’s words are almost identical, he too was a Jew who would have spoken a…

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Do historians and the Bible disagree?

Question: Do you think there is a conflict between the Bible and historians regarding when man first existed on this earth? An article in our paper stated aboriginal people were in Australia at least 60,000 years ago. Could this statement be in line with the Bible in regards to time? Answer: Of course, the commonly stated…

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How Did They Know?

by Doy Moyer via Gospel Guide, Vol. 27, No. 7, July 1995. Fountains of the Deep Moses wrote, concerning the flood, that “all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened” (Genesis 7:11). Then later he said that “The fountains of the deep and the windows of…

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The Genuineness of Mark 16:9-20

by Dudley Ross Spears The last verses from Mark’s gospel, (Mark 16:9-20) have been called “The Longer Ending of Mark.” The first time I came across this criticism it was in response to quoting verses 15 and 16. Mark 16:16 affirms, “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believes not…

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Biblical Reliability

by Dudley Ross Spears How reliable is the Bible? How do we know it is truly the word of God? What evidence is there that justifies our respect for and allegiance to the Book? In this installment, we will consider the things that prove the Bible to be a reliable revelation of the mind of…

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The Harmony of the Scriptures

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Proverbs 30:2-9   I.         The denominational world has long debated the relationship of faith, works, and grace in man’s salvation.             A.        Some argue that salvation is by faith alone while others argue the necessity of works. Some turn their attention to grace and argue that grace alone saves men.             B.        The problem has…

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How did Saul actually die?

Question: I want to know how Saul died. In I Samuel 31:4 the Scripture says that Saul fell upon his own sword and in verse 6 it says Saul, his three sons, and his armorbearer died that same day. Then in II Samuel 1:10. the Scripture says an Amalekite stood upon him and killed him.…

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Did people normally tie a scarlet cord on a twin at birth?

Question: Why did midwife tie a scarlet thread around Zerah’s wrist? Was this a common action for twins? surely if it was custom to tie a ribbon surely this would have been done once the baby had been ‘birthed’. This whole procedure seems unlikely and extremely messy. Answer: “Now it came to pass, at the…

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Did Orson Pratt originate the idea that the Bible is unreliable?

Question: Good morning.  Back in the 1800’s Mormon Apostle Orson Pratt stated that the Bible is fundamentally unreliable; that it had been mistranslated over the centuries.  What I want to know is,  was this statement by Pratt original with him, or did this kind of claim originate earlier in history?  [My objective in knowing this…

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How could people live to be so old?

Question: In the Old Testament, when people lived to be hundreds of years old — did they really live years as we know it or did they count seasons as years? How could anyone have lived to be 400 years old? Answer: The word used for “years” did not change meaning in the Old Testament.…

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I believe Jesus was married and had a son

Question: I believe Jesus was married and had a child, a son actually. At the time, men his age were married and had families. What makes him different? Mary Magdalene was his wife and Judah was his son. He could not do his preaching in that time without being married. The men would think of…

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Has the Bible Been Changed?

by Greg Gwin We are frequently asked about the reliability of our Bibles. Specifically, how can we be sure that the Bibles we are reading today are true to the original messages delivered so long ago? In particular, can we be sure that the New Testament has not been altered and changed in the almost…

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The Character of the Bible’s Witnesses

by Jerry Blount “You are My witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and My servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, and there will be none after Me. I, even I, am the LORD, and there is no…

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Why are there two different stories of creation in Genesis?

Question: Why are there two different stories of creation in Genesis? Answer: Let’s start with a basic observation: two people observing the same events will not give the same account. For example, an accident happens and the police gather information from the multiple witnesses, yet even if every witness told the absolute truth, none of…

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What About All Those Mistakes in the Bible?

by Jon Quinn It is quite amazing to me that a common complaint made about the Bible is that it has so many contradictions and mistakes. It is not surprising that such a charge would be made by some unbelieving scholar who will investigate the Bible’s pages and turn logic on its ear in order…

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The Development of the New Testament Text

by Jim Snapp II The history of the development of the New Testament begins (of course) with the original text. The first document to contain the original text is called the “autograph.” That is what the “A” in this box stands for. By “autograph,” I do not necessarily mean the text written by the main…

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