We Hear You -- By: Editors

Journal: Bible and Spade (Second Run)
Volume: BSPADE 27:4 (Fall 2014)
Article: We Hear You
Author: Editors

We Hear You


Good Books That Address Alleged Bible Contradictions

Dear ABR,

First of all, I want to express my gratitude to ABR for all the faithful scholarship that you produce and for explaining it in terms understandable to the layman. Your commitment to biblical inerrancy and your presuppositional awareness are truly a breath of fresh air. That being said, I am looking for a good book that tries to resolve Bible difficulties (alleged contradictions between one passage and another, contradictions between one doctrine and another, or errors of fact). I want to know which book of this kind you would recommend. If there is more than one book you’d recommend, list them in the order of their importance. May God bless you and cause you to continue to be faithful to His covenant.

– Addison

A Response From ABR Staff Member, Henry Smith:

Dear Addison,

Thanks for your sincere and kind words about the ministry of ABR. We are encouraged by your support and are grateful for your encouragement. A good book that surveys alleged Bible errors is by Norman Geisler and Thomas Howe, The Big Book of Bible Difficulties, by Baker Books.

There is an excellent two-book set written by Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis that goes into the particulars of some alleged errors more in-depth: Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions, volumes 1 and 2.

Editor’s Note: Please feel free to contact ABR if you have questions about high quality books on apologetics, archaeology, and biblical study. The ABR staff is available to assist anyone with recommended resources and to answer your questions.

Questioning The Number Of Israelites In The Exodus

Critics charge that the numbers of Israelites listed in Exodus are not literal because the number (2 million plus) would be too unmanageable for the limited number of priests in Aaron’s family to officiate for them and also for other functions such as Moses addressing the huge crowds. How would you answer them? Please share any articles you have also. Thank you.

– Vincent

A Response From ABR Director, Scott Lanser:

Dear Vincent,

The fundamental issue connected to your question is the meaning of the Hebrew term eleph, which is normally understood to mean “1,000” when used in the Old Testament. It is ABR’s belief that this term has additional legitimate meanings that can be gleaned from context in the various passages where this term is found (e.g. “a troop” or “a company”). In light of your question concerning this term’s use in the book of Exodus, we have concluded that the n...

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