Posted by: biblestudyseattle | July 25, 2012


1 Kings 6:1 reads: “Now it came about in the four hundred and eightieth year after the sons of Israel came out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the Lord.”

Wait a minute!  The Israelites spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness, 6 years conquering Canaan, 450 years of Judges, 40 years under Saul, and 40 years under David.  The fourth year of King Solomon is therefore five hundred eighty (580) years after the exodus from Egypt! 

So much for an inerrant bible!  Evidently a copyist mistook a four when there should have been a five.  This is a very demonstrable error, but there are others as well.  That is not to say the bible is a fraud.  But it’s not perfect.  Constantin von Tischendorf was one of many scholars who studied the ancient manuscripts to sort out spurious passages. 

Even if the bible is only 95% original, we still have enough to guide us in God’s ways.  Eventually the complete truth will be known, as all the writers of the bible will be resurrected.  Imagine that!  Imagine talking to Isaiah or Daniel or Noah.  They will be able to read the bible and see if it is what they wrote!  The bible is like a game of Telephone played for 6000+ years.  Some will have to answer to this warning: “I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.”  Revelation 22:18-19  Whoa!

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