The Bible story of David killing the giant Goliath with a stone and a sling is a familiar one but is clearly a fairy tale.

First Samuel 17 says that David killed Goliath but Second Samuel 21 says it was Elhanan. Archer says that the original in Second Samuel has been altered by errors and that it should say that Elhanan killed Lahmi the brother of Goliath. Archer says that the copyist put two words in the wrong place and misread the word brother thus corrupting the text forever. But this cannot be proved and is only speculation. Archer admits as much when he says that the “corrupted” passage makes sense and when he says it has two or three mistakes so he is not sure how many or if any. It is just an attempt to deny a contradiction where one exists. He says that 1 Chronicles 20:5 gives the true reading saying Elhanan slew Goliath’s brother but that does not prove that there were textual errors in Second Samuel. Also, he claims that the present text of the latter says that Elhanan was called the son of the forests of weavers which he says is a ridiculous name showing that copyists have made transcription errors. The name is not ridiculous – it could be poetic. A man could be called forests of weavers just like the meaning of Jesus is really Yahweh our Salvation. In Defence of the Faith says the same thing as Archer and applauds some translators for changing the text to make it say that Lahmi was the brother of Goliath because Goliath made no sense (page 138). When the translators had to change the text it shows there is no proof that the original said brother of. Evangelicals alter the Bible and then tell us so confidently that the Bible cannot err!

Archer’s claim that the original has been ruined contradicts his Jesus who said that not a dot could pass away from the Bible and Archer’s claim that the Jews would not have canonised books which contained errors (275). The earliest scholars did not agree with his theory when they did not feel like amending the text. Their word comes first for they were closer to the originals. They believed the original was wrong and not corrupted.

If the Bible God let the numbers be lost from the originals then maybe that happened with the accounts of the feeding of the five thousand by Jesus and the number of apostles who seen the resurrection as well making them exaggerations.
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The Amplified Bible


Final Response by Steven Carr to Dr Wilkinson

Science in the Bible? Dr M Magee

Why It’s a Load of Old Cobblers, Adrian Barnett
Exposes the utter absurdity of the Noah’s Ark story in the Bible

Steven Carr, Critique of Josh McDowells Non_Messianic Prophecies This Site cannot be overly recommended. It is superb.

New Testament Contradictions, Paul Carlson

Rabbits do not chew their cud, Alleged Bible Contradictions

The Bible as History Flunks New Archaeological Tests

Biblical Errancy by Dennis McKinsey
This is one of McKinsey’s online magazines. The magazine is excellent for it gives the fundies the chance to respond and carefully exposes their twisted reasoning.

This particular issue says that Herod was not a king though the New Testament says he was for the Roman tetrarchs were the rulers. It says Matthew’s story that Herod massacred the boys of Bethlehem to get rid of the baby Jesus is false for Josephus liked to bring up the terrible things that Herod did and never mentioned this one. It also says that the story of Jesus being nailed between two thieves is fiction because theft was not a capital crime. It argues that when Luke said about Augustus decreeing that the whole world must engage in a census it was a lie for Augustus never had the results which he would have done. Genesis 11:26 says that when Teran was 70 he sired Abram and Nahor and Haran. The trouble is it says Abram was 75 when his father died and yet his father died at 205. The Christians argue that Genesis 11:26 does not say Abram’s dad was 70 when he was born though the passage cannot mean anything else. They fudge the problem by saying that just because Abram was mentioned first that does not mean he was born first. It does in the way the verse is written for why say Terah became a father at 70 and list the sons if you don’t mean one of them was born that year and it would naturally have to be the first one mentioned Abram. Pity he didn’t point out that when the fundies cannot agree among themselves how to reconcile Bible contradictions that it shows that their solutions are just contrived and fraudulent.


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