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Yahweh Flunked Mathematics

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9/18/2012 11:25:06 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
I copied the following post from a book called The Rejection of Pascal's Wager by Paul Tobin.

If God cannot do simple mathematics, how can we trust the Bible as God's Word?
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9/21/2012 2:58:43 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
Problem 1) You are using a NIV and not a KJV!

Problem 2) Levites- The number 300 is not accounted for because they were the first - born of the Levites, and therefore belonged to God already, and so could not be given to him again instead of the other first - born.

Problem 3) Ezra- Ezra 1:6 And all they that were about them strengthened their hands with vessels of silver, with gold, with goods, and with beasts, and with precious things, beside all that was willingly offered.
Ezra 1:9 And this is the number of them: thirty chargers of gold, a thousand chargers of silver, nine and twenty knives, 10 Thirty basons of gold, silver basons of a second sort four hundred and ten, and other vessels a thousand. All the vessels of gold and of silver were five thousand and four hundred.

What is a vessel? a craft for traveling on water, now usually one larger than an ordinary rowboat; a ship.
What is a basin? The amount that such a vessel can hold.
What is a Charger? a horse of a kind suitable to be ridden.

If you look at the whole context of the scripture you will see what it is saying. If you look at verse 6 you will see that the people also gave gold, silver, goods, beast and other things for the building of the temple. Since verse 7 starts with ALSO, that lets us know that something that happened before needs to be added to it. The peoples' goods plus what King Cyrus gave equalled the 5400 articles.

Problem 4) Ezra & Nehemiah- Both Ezra and Nehemiah agree that the total was 42,360. Yet, as you say, totaling up their two lists gives you 29,818 for Ezra, and 31,089 for Nehemiah. Further investigation shows that Nehemiah lists 1765 persons who are not in Ezra, and Ezra has 494 not mentioned in Nehemiah.

At first glance, this would seem to make reconciling the two lists impossible, but it turns out to be just the opposite. By adding Ezra"s 494 to Nehemiah"s total, and Nehemiah"s 1765 to Ezra"s, you find that they will both add up to 31,583, with every name being on both lists.

Subtracting this from 42,360 leaves a difference of 10,777. Scholars believe this additional number was not broken down by name or town because they did not belong to either Judah, Benjamin, or the priests, like all the others, but to various other tribes of Israel not normally associated with the former Southern Kingdom. Both Ezra 2:1 and Nehemiah 1:3 hint that the list"s purpose was to name those of the Southern Kingdom who returned from Babylon.