6Biblical contradictions, inconsistencies, and oddities

Prepared by Joseph Martin Carro in the year 2009, and revised continuously since then.

Comments appearing in blue letters represent contradictions or inconsistencies which are irreconcilable based ONLY on the information found in the biblical text.

Searches were done using several versions of ”The Bible”. Except where noted, all quotations were taken from the Douay-Rheims 1899 version of the Bible. Quotations appear in red letters. Some book names in the Douay-Rheims version of the Bible are different than those found in other versions, and the spelling of the books, persons, and locations is often different. No attempt was made to include all of the variations.

It is noted that in the Douay-Rheims version versus the New International Version, 1 Kings = 1 Samuel, 2 Kings = 2 Samuel, 3 Kings = 1 Kings, 4 Kings = 2 Kings, 1 Paralipomenon = 1 Chronicles, 2 Paralipomenon = 2 Chronicles, 1 Esdras = Ezra, 2 Esdras = Nehemiah. No attempt was made to include all of the texts which are claimed by one religion or another as sacred.

Comments which appear in green letters represent oddities. For clarity or emphasis, some items were underlined or displayed within parentheses.

On the nature of God

Page 1    the attributes of God as given in the Bible

              God allowed David adultery and polygamy

              God approved manslaughter

              God chose war

              God collected tribute

              God delivered people for destruction

Contradictions, inconsistencies, and oddities  

Page 2    God destroyed people

              God helped David provide the most outrageous dowry

              God left nations so the Israelites could learn war

              God needed tithes

              God sent evil spirits

              Genesis chapter 1 - the first creation story

              Genesis chapter 2 - the second creation story

              Genesis chapter 3 - Adam and Eve in the garden story

Page 3    Genesis chapter 4 - the Cain and Abel story

              Genesis chapter 6 - the Noah story part 1

              Genesis chapter 7 - the Noah story part 2

              Genesis chapter 8 - the Noah story part 3

              Genesis chapter 9 verse 3 - food sources

              Genesis chapter 10 verse 5 - the tower of Babel story

              Genesis chapter 13 verse 14 - the promised land

              Genesis chapter 16 - Abraham's sons

              Genesis chapter 17 verse 10 - circumcision

              Genesis chapter 18 - the Sodom and Gomorrah story

Page 4    Genesis chapter 20 verse 12 - Abraham marries his stepsister

              Genesis chapter 22 - the temptation of Abraham

              Genesis chapter 23 verse 1 - an exception to God's limit on human longevity

              Genesis chapter 25 verse 7 - another longevity exception

              Genesis chapter 26 verse 17 - another longevity exception

              Genesis chapter 32 verse 30 - seeing an invisible God

              Genesis chapter 35 verse 28 - another longevity exception

              Genesis chapter 47 verse 28 - another longevity exception

              Exodus chapter 6 verses 16, 18, 20 - three more longevity exceptions

              Exodus chapter 7 verses 19-20 - water is turned into blood

              Exodus chapter 9 verses 3-25 - all the Egyptian animals are destroyed twice

              Exodus chapter 20 verse 2 - slavery

              Exodus chapter 20 verse 16 - false witness

              Exodus chapter 24 verse 12 - the tablets

              Exodus chapter 32 verse 27 - God orders the death of 3500 Israelites whom he freed from Egypt

              Leviticus chapter 11 - food prohibitions

              Leviticus chapter 14 - procedure to cure leprosy

              Leviticus chapter 18 - comment on prohibitions given in Leviticus

Page 5    Leviticus chapter 19 verse 18 - revenge

              Leviticus chapter 20 - sins for which death is the punishment

              Leviticus chapter 20 verse 21 - a contradiction with Deuteronomy 25:5

              Leviticus chapter 26 verse 15 - God's covenant

              Numbers chapter 6 - an inconsistency about priests

              Numbers chapter 15 - a man is killed for collecting sticks on a Sabbath

              Numbers chapter 31 verses 1-2, 7 - revenge against the Madianites

              Numbers chapter 33 verses 38-39 - another longevity exception

              Deuteronomy chapter 2 verse 9 - the Moabites

              Deuteronomy chapter 7 verses 14-15 - promises that never happened

              Deuteronomy chapter 12 - Moses changes the rules about food

              Deuteronomy chapter 13 - death is set as the punishment for "forgers of dreams"

              Deuteronomy chapter 17 - death is set as the punishment for idolaters

Page 6    Deuteronomy chapter 19 verses 11-12 - "an eye for an eye"

              Deuteronomy chapter 21 verse 18 - death to unruly sons

              Deuteronomy chapter 22 - death is set as the punishment for various sins

              Deuteronomy chapter 31 verse 8 - God promised not to forsake the Israelites

              Deuteronomy chapter 34 verse 5 - Moses dies, but the book goes on

              Joshua chapter 6 - Joshua "wins" a battle that God fought for him

              Joshua chapter 7 - Achan's death placates God

              Joshua chapter 8 - Joshua wins a battle, and his soldiers slaughter the people

              Joshua chapter 10 - God helps Joshua defeat the Amorrhites

              Joshua chapter 11 verses 1-11 - an inconsistency; Did Joshua or Deborah conquer Hazor?

              Joshua chapter 34 - verse 29 Joshua died, but the book went on

              Judges chapter 1 - a story is repeated

              Judges chapter 2 verse 1 - God affirms his covenant, then denies it

              Judges chapter 3 verse 9 - the Israelites do evil, God rescues them from the destroyed Moabites

              Judges chapter 4 - a repeat of chapter 3 but the oppressor is Jaban

Page 7    Judges chapter 6 - a repeat of chapter 3 but the oppressor is Madian

              Judges chapter 10 - a repeat of chapter 3 but the Amorrhites are the oppressors

              Judges chapter 13 - a repeat of chapter 3 but the Philistines are the oppressors

              Judges chapter 14 verse 19 - Samson settles a wager by killing 30 men

              Judges chapter 15 - the story of Samson

              Ruth (comment on genealogy)

              1 Samuel chapter 1 - God kept Anna barren, then changed his mind

              Samuel chapter 15 verse 3 - God orders the death of Amalec and his family

              Samuel chapter 17 verse 50 - David kills Goliath twice

              1 Kings chapter 27 - David's army goes on a rampage

              2 Kings chapter 6 verse 23 - Michah's children

              2 Kings chapter 7 verse 16 - David's kingdom

              2 Kings chapter 11 - God is placated by the death David and Bathsheba's son

              2 Kings chapter 18 - David wages war against his own people

              2 Kings chapter 21 - God is placated by human sacrifice

Page 8    2 Kings chapter 24 - God kills 70,000 people to "atone" for David's sins

              3 Kings chapter 2 - Adonijah asks for the wrong thing and is killed for asking

              3 Kings chapter 3 - Solomon is promised riches and glory if he keeps God's ways

              3 Kings chapter 11 - Solomon is prohibited from intermarriage but does so anyway

              3 Kings chapter 12 verse 24 - against God's orders the Israelites fight among themselves

              3 Kings chapter 16 - God orders the destruction of the house of Baasa

              3 Kings chapter 18 - God is placated by the death of 450 men, and ends a drought

              3 Kings chapter 19 - the Israelites abandon their covenant

              3 Kings chapter 22 verses 21-23 - God sends an angel to deceive Achab

              4 Kings chapter 2 - God kills 42 boys when they insult Eliseus

              4 Kings chapter 13 - a repeat of Judges 4 with the Syrians as the oppressors

              4 Kings chapter 14 - the army of Joachaz murders 10,000 people; God does not punish Joachaz

Page 9    4 Kings chapter 14 - Jereboam does evil; God does not punish him

              4 Kings chapter 15 - God strikes some rulers but not others

              4 Kings chapter 17 - the Israelites break their covenant

              4 Kings chapter 21 - the story of Manasses

              1 Paralipomenon chapter 11 verses 21-23 - a variation of the story of Goliath

              1 Paralipomenon chapter 14 verse 3 - David acquires more wives

              2 Paralipomenon chapter 11 verse 21 - Roboam acquires wives

              2 Paralipomenon chapter 13 verse 21 - Abia acquires wives

              2 Paralipomenon chapter 21 - God punished the Israelites when Joram does evil

              2 Paralipomenon chapter 24 verse 15 - another longevity exception

              2 Paralipomenon chapter 25 verse 3 - Amasias gets away with murder

              1 Ezra chapter 2 - census numbers do not match

              1 Ezra chapter 10 - Ezra convinces the Israelites to divorce their foreign wives

              2 Ezra chapter 9 - not all was well during the desert wanderings

Page 10   Tobias chapter 2 verses 11-12 - God blinds Tobias to teach patience

               Tobias chapter 3 verses 7-8 - a devil kills seven of Sara's husbands; she remains a virgin

               Tobias chapter 5 - an angel lied to Tobias

               Tobias chapter 6 - the exorcism of Sara's devil fails, and the angel Raphael takes the devil away

               Tobias chapter 7 verses 5-6 - Tobias married his first cousin, forbidden in Leviticus 18

               Judith chapter 8 verse 15 - Judith says that God will not get angry

               Judith chapter 11 - God ordered Judith to kill Holofernes

               Job - the incredible story of Job

Page 11   Job chapter 42 verse 16 - another longevity exception

               Isaiah chapter 1 verse 11 - God disdains burnt offerings

               Isaiah chapter 19 - a prophecy about the destruction of Egypt, but it did not happen

               Jeremiah chapter 3 - God chastises then supports then threatens the Israelites then does nothing

               Jeremiah chapter 18 - in prison, Jeremiah prays for vengence

               Jeremiah chapter 34 verses 4-5 - the story of Zedekiah

               Baruch chapter 1 verse 19 - the Israelites never kept the covenant; Baruch wants mercy anyway

               Ezekiel chapter 2 verse 3 - the Israelites never kept their covenant

               Ezekiel chapter 14 - God threatened the Israelites but reneges on his threats

               Ezekiel chapter 16 - God vacillated on human sacrifice

               Ezekiel chapter 26 - God predicted the destruction of the city of Tyrus, but it did not happen

               Ezekiel chapter 29 - a prophecy about the destruction of Egypt, but it did not happen

               Hosea - twice, God ordered Hosea to marry an adultress

Page 12    Joel chapters 2 and 3 describe events which have yet to happen

                Amos - God rejects all offerings

                Aggeus - God sends a drought

                Zacharias - an invisible God has seven eyes

                On the lineage of Christ

                Notes on the gospels

Page 13   Matthew chapter 1 - the story of the birth of Jesus; Joseph disobeys God's instruction

               Matthew chapter 2 - Egypt and slaughter versus Luke Jerusalem and no slaughter                

               Matthew chapter 4 verses 1-2 - Christ is baptized and goes to Cana or the desert

               Matthew chapter 5 verse 32 - divorce forbidden

               Matthew chapter 6 verses 9-13 - the Lord's prayer

               Matthew chapter 8 - The devils, Jesus, and the swine                

               Matthew chapter 9 verse 18 - the daughter of Jairus is dead or on her death bed

               Matthew chapter 10 verses 2-4 - the list of the Apostles

               Matthew chapter 13 verses 31-32 - the mustard seed

               Matthew chapter 16 cerses 15-17 - Peter learns about Christ from God or Andrew

               Matthew chapter 21 verse 19 - the story of the fig tree

               Matthew chapter 24 - Jesus made predictions which did not occur                

               Matthew chapter 26 - Judas is not identified, told before, or told after the last supper

Page 14   Matthew chapter 26 verses 48-49 - Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss or not

               Matthew chapter 27 - inconsistencies and contradictions about the passion of Christ

               Matthew chapter 28 - inconsistencies and contradictions about the resurrection of Christ

Page 15   Matthew chapter 28 - more inconsistencies and contradictions about the resurrection

               How many persons were raised from the dead?

               Mark chapter 2 - Jesus changed the Sabbath law to do what you want

               Mark chapter 2 - Jesus incorrectly recalled a part of the Old Testament                

               Mark 16 - a false promise

               John 3 - Jesus condemns billions of humans to hell

               John 3 - Jesus incorrectly recalled another part of the Old Testament

               Who raised Jesus from the dead?

Page 16   Philosophical Discussion of Creationism

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