matthew and luke's genealogies

Are Matthew and Luke’s Genealogies Contradictory?

Some argue that Matthew and Luke’s genealogies are contradictory. The argument is that Matthew 1 says that David was the father of Solomon and Jacob was the father of Joseph, but Luke 3 says that David was the father of Nathan and Joseph was the father of Heli. However, there are several reasonable explanations for […]

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Bible Difficulties: Foundational Principles

There are some foundational principles that apply to all alleged and apparent contradictions in the Bible. For Bible Difficulties, a Possible Answer Is Sufficient: Being “Unconvinced” Is Ultimately Irrelevant Some people have trouble accepting proposed answers to Bible difficulties. For example, Dan Barker, president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, says: I have received numerous […]

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graven images

Are Graven Images Sinful?

Some argue that the Bible is contradictory concerning whether graven images are sinful. The argument is that Exodus 20:4-5, Leviticus 26:1, and Deuteronomy 5:8, 27:15 say that graven images are sinful, whereas Exodus 25:18 and 37:7-8 say that they are not sinful. However, there is a very simple explanation that solves this alleged contradiction. Scriptures […]

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midianite virgins spared

Why Were the Midianite Virgins Spared?

The Moral Argument Concerning the Midianite Virgins Some argue that it was immoral for God to give the Midianite virgins to the Israelites in Numbers 31:17-18. However, there are several responses that answer this alleged problem in the Bible. 17 Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man […]

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