There are no contradictions in the bible.
It is often said that there are no contradictions in the bible. Even to the casual observer, this seems not to be true and it is surprising to observe the verbal gymnastics that people employ in order to prove their claims.
In fact, the more you look at the details the less true the claim appears to be. I happened across this excellent diagram recently. The image at the top identifies in the white histogram columns the number of apparent contradictions in each book of the bible, Old Testament and New. The red lines show the connections between the claimed contradictions. The text below the diagram gives the questions and the references of the verses involved. I think you might find it worthy of a little study.
|Contradictions in the bible - reduced scale.|
Find the original diagram at this link.
Looking at the diagram above, notice also that the New Testament is a hotbed of 'self-inconsistency'. You can see that from the high concentration of red links to the right hand end of the picture.
This is in spite of its 'questionable' provenance. By that I mean, of course, the way that the contents of the cannon of the bible were cherry-picked from the available works to make what was intended to be a consistent story. Wouldn't you think that the experts who agreed the contents of the bible might have been a little more careful?
Ultimately the resolutions of these contradictions are not important to those of us who are no longer Christians. They appear to me to be a very considerable headache to those who wish us to believe in the inerrant truth of their bible.
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