One of my “hobbies”, sort of speak, is to find funny contradictions or conclusions from the Scriptures.
Some of them are quite obvious to find, such as the in the differences between the first two chapters of Genesis. Others are hidden somewhere and require comparing some pieces of text that are not necessarily adjacent. Rest assured all of them have religious explanations. They must have, you know.
So what is wrong in the first two chapters of Genesis? To make a long story short, historically they were simply written by two different authors (which of course is not the religious explanation). Thus in Chapter 1 God is ‘God’ (in the English version) or ‘Elohim’ (in the Hebrew version), but in Chapter 2 God is ‘Lord God’ (in the English version) or ‘Yehova Elohim’ (in the Hebrew version). In Chapter 1 the man is created after the animals, while in Chapter 2 the man is created before the animals. In Chapter 1 the man and woman are created together, but in Chapter 2 the woman is created from the man much later.
But how about David sending the head of Goliath to Jerusalem way before he captures the city? And how about the amount of animals entering Noah’s ark? Were there just couples (as God said), or also many groups of seven (as the Lord said)?
I still think one of the funnier conclusions is that of Moses leaving Egypt with a crowd of people as old as Methuselah – do the math yourself or have a look here.
Another class of contradictions is the ones in which the text contradicts reality (or the laws of physics). There are zillions of those – we’ll leave them for a later article.