Old Testament Contradictions
¨ In Genesis 4:9, 12, Yahweh said that Cain would be a fugitive and a vagabond.
Yet in Genesis 4:17, we find that Cain, instead, got married, had a son, and built a city.
¨ Genesis 10:5, 20, 31, tell us that every group of people were divided “after his tongue [language].”
Yet, in Genesis 11:1, we’re told that “…the whole earth was of one language” at this same time.
¨ When Noah supposedly took the animals on the ark, did he take seven pairs of all the clean animals, as Genesis 7:2 states, or just two pairs, as Genesis 7:9, 10 state?
¨ In Genesis 11:27; 12:5, we’re told that Lot was Abraham’s nephew.
But in Genesis 14:14, 16, we’re told that he was his brother.
¨ In Genesis 22:14, we’re told that Abraham named a place “Jehovahjireh.”
Also, in Genesis 15:7, we read, “Then he [God] said to him [Abraham], ‘I am the Lord [Jehovah] who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans.’”
But then, in Exodus 6:3, Jehovah told Moses that he did not make his name “Jehovah” known to Abraham.
¨ In Genesis 28:5, we’re told that Laban’s father was Bethuel.
But in Genesis 29:5, we’re told that his father was Nahor.
¨ According to Genesis 36:14, Korah’s father was Esau.
But in Genesis 36:15, 16, we find that his father was Eliphaz.
¨ In Genesis 12:5, we are told that Abraham knew exactly where he was going when he left for Canaan.
Yet Genesis 11:8 tells us that Abraham had no idea where he was going when he journeyed to Canaan for his “inheritance.”
¨ In Genesis 18:10-15, we’re told that Sarah laughed when she was told that she would bear a son at age 90.
But then we’re told, in Hebrews 11:11, that Sarah, through faith, received strength to conceive in her old age.
By the way, why did Yahweh intervene to miraculously give Abraham a son through his aged wife, Sarah, when he later took another wife who bore him six more children, according to Genesis 25:1, 2?
¨ According to Genesis 37:28; 39:1, Joseph was sold by his brothers to the Ishmeelites.
But Genesis 37:36 tells us that his brothers sold him to the Midianites.
¨ Genesis 37:28 tells us that Joseph wound up in Egypt because Ishmeelites brought him there.
But Genesis 37:36 tells us that the Midianites brought him there.
At the same time, Genesis 45:4 says that it was Joseph’s brothers that sold him into slavery there.
¨ Genesis 50:13 tells us that Jacob was buried in Mechpelah, but Acts 7:15, 16 says that he was buried, instead, in Shechem.
¨ According to Exodus 2:18-21, Moses’ father-in-law was Reuel, whereas Numbers 10:29 says it was Raguel, and Exodus 3:1 says it was Jethro.
So take your pick.
¨ Was Moses humble and meek? Or was he a tyrant?
Numbers 12:3 says:
“Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.”
Yet now notice what Numbers 31:15-17 says:
“And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive? Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the Lord in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the Lord. Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.”
¨ Who made the ark of the covenant?
Moses, according to Deuteronomy 10:1-3.
Bezaleel, according to Exodus 37:1.
¨ Where did Aaron die?
Mount Hor, according to Numbers 20:27, 28 and Numbers 38:38.
Mosera, according to Deuteronomy 10:6.
¨ Was Sisera asleep when he died?
Yes, according to Judges 4:21.
No, according to Judges 5:26, 27, which says he was standing when he died.
¨ The Amalekites apparently had nine lives.
In Genesis 14:7, we’re told that ALL THE COUNTRY of the Amalekites was smitten.
I Samuel 15:7, 8 says that they were UTTERLY DESTROYED by Saul.
I Samuel 27:8, 9 says that David smote this land, leaving neither a man nor a woman alive.
I Samuel 30:17 informs us that David smote ALL the Amalekites, except 400 young men, which fled on camels.
Finally, I Chronicles 4:43 says that the rest of the Amalekites, who had escaped, were destroyed, apparently finally for good this time.
¨ A moment ago we cited Genesis 14:7, which talked about the first instance of the destruction of the Amalekites.
Yet we find from Genesis 36:12 that Amalek, whom the Amalekites were named after, was born long after the time of the first recorded slaughter of the Amalekites in the bible.
¨ David brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem before defeating the Philistines:
I Chronicles 13 and 14.
He did so AFTER defeating them:
2 Samuel 5 and 6.
¨ Where did Yahweh strike Uzza down?
At the threshing floor of Nachon, according to 2 Samuel 6:6.
At the threshing floor of Childon, according to 1 Chronicles 13:9.
¨ Was Samuel a Levite?
Yes, according to 1 Chronicles 6:19, 28; 1 Samuel 7:9.
No, according to 1 Samuel 1:1, 2, 20, which says that he was an Ephraimite.
¨ Who was Samuel’s firstborn son?
Joel, according to 1 Samuel 8:2.
Vashni, according to 1 Chronicles 6:28.
¨ David bought a threshing floor for fifty shekels of silver:
2 Sam 24:24.
David bought the threshing floor for six hundred shekels of gold:
1 Chron 21:25.
¨ David is said to have obeyed Yahweh’s commands and statutes in I Kings 3:14.
In Acts 13:22, Yahweh is quoted to have said that David was a man after his own heart.
I Samuel 16:13 says that David always had the spirit of Yahweh.
I Kings 3:14 says that David followed the Lord.
Yet I Kings 15:3 says that David’s heart was not perfect in the eyes of Yahweh.
In fact, we’re told that David tortured and slayed thousands in 1 Samuel 18:6, 7; 27:9; 2 Samuel 8:2-4; 12:31; 1 Chronicles 20:3.
We’re also told that David fornicated with Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife, in 2 Samuel 11:2-4.
He also hated blind and lame people, and that he rewarded whoever killed them, according to 2 Samuel 5:8.
2 Samuel 6:20 tells us that David, on one occasion, stripped naked and danced in front of everyone.
I Samuel 18:1, 3, 4; 20:16, 17, 30, 31, 41, 42; 2 Samuel 1:26 tell us that David “loved Jonathan.”
1 Samuel 29:9 tells us that David wanted to fight for the Philistines against Saul.
I Kings 1:1-4 tells us that David wanted a young virgin to keep him warm.
I Kings 2:9 says that David’s dying wish to his son Solomon was for him to murder Joab.
Yet I Kings 15:5 says that David’s only sin was that concerning Uriah!
¨ Did Saul know who David was?
Yes, according to 1 Samuel 16:19-21.
No, according to I Samuel 17:55-58.
¨ How did David kill Goliath?
With his slingshot, as recorded in 1 Samuel 17:50.
With his sword, as recorded in 1 Samuel 17:51.
¨ Did David even slay Goliath?
According to 2 Samuel 21:19, in the NIV version, it was Elhanan who did the deed.
In the Douay Version, II Kings 12:19 says that it was Adeodatus who slew Goliath.
¨ David is said to have bought his wife with 200 foreskins in 1 Samuel 18:25-27, but 100 foreskins, instead, in 2 Samuel 3:14.
Foreskins as currency???
¨ Who was the father of Kish?
Abiel, according to 1 Samuel 19:1, or Ner, according to 1 Chronicles 8:33.
¨ Who was the high priest when David went to the “house of God”?
Ahimelech, says 1 Samuel 21:1.
Abiathar, says Mark 2:26.
¨ Was David by himself when he asked for the holy bread at Nob?
Yes, says 1 Samuel 21:1.
No, says Matthew 12:3, 4.
¨ 1 Samuel 22:20 says that Abiathar was the son of Ahimelech.
Yet I Samuel 23:6 says that it’s the other way around--that Ahimelech is the son of Abiathar.
¨ In 1 Samuel 28:3, Saul put away necromancers, but then in 1 Samuel 28:3, 7, 8, 11, 15, he sought counsel from a necromancer.
¨ How did Saul die?
He killed himself, according to I Samuel 31:4.
An Amalekite killed him, according to 2 Samuel 1:8-10.
The Philistines killed him, according to 2 Samuel 21:12.
Finally, Yahweh killed him, according to 1 Chronicles 10:13, 14.
¨ Did Saul’s family die with him?
No, according to 2 Samuel 2:7-9, which portrays his son Ishbasheth as still being alive.
Yes, according to 1 Chronicles 10:6.
¨ Who was the father of Heman?
Mahol, according to I 1 Kings 4:31.
Zerah, according to 1 Chronicles 2:6.
Joel, according to 1 Chronicles 6:33; 15:17.
¨ Who was the father of Jechoniah?
Jehoiakim, according to 1 Chronicles 3:15, 16.
Josiah, according to Matthew 1:11.
¨ Did Jechoniah sire an sons?
Yes, he had many sons, and one was an ancestor of Jesus, according to 1 Chronicles 3:17, 18; Matthew 1:12.
No, according to Jeremiah 22:28-30, because Yahweh cursed him to be childless.
¨ Who was the father of Zerubbabel?
Pedaiah, according to 1 Chronicles 3:19.
Salathiel, according to Ezra 3:2; Nehemiah 12:1; Haggai 1:1; Matthew 1:12; Luke 3:27.
¨ Was Mahli the son of Levi?
Yes, according to Ezra 8:18.
No, according to Genesis 46:11; 1 Chronicles 6:1, 16; 23:6.
¨ Who was the second son of David who was born in Hebron?
Chileab, according to 2 Samuel 3:2-5.
Daniel, according to I Chronicles 3:1-4.
¨ Was Solomon the second or fourth son of David and Bathsheba?
Second, says 2 Samuel 12:15, 18, 24.
Fourth, says 1 Chronicles 3:5.
¨ Who was the father of Bathsheba?
Eliam, says 2 Samuel 11:3.
Ammiel, says 1 Chronicles 3:5.
Isn’t it interesting how the bible spends so much time on genealogies, and yet there are so many contradictions with who begat who?
Interestingly, in 1 Timothy 1:4, Paul said to avoid “fables and endless genealogies…”
Yet a large part of the Old Testament is nothing but “endless genealogies!
¨ Who was the father of Amasa?
Ishra, an Israelite, according to 2 Samuel 17:25.
Jether, the Ishmaelite, according to 1 Chronicles 2:17.
¨ Who was the father of Elhanan?
Jaareoregim, says 2 Samuel 21:19.
Dodo, says 2 Samuel 23:24; 1 Chronicles 11:26.
Jair, says 1 Chronicles 20:5.
¨ How high were the two pillars built by Solomon?
18 cubits, says 1 Kings 7:15.
35 cubits, says 2 Chronicles 3:15.
¨ How many carved pomegranates did Solomon’s temple have?
200, says 1 Kings 7:20.
100, says 2 Chronicles 3:16.
¨ How many chief officers were put in charge of building Solomon’s temple?
550, says 1 Kings 9:23.
250, says 2 Chronicles 8:10.
¨ How were Abijam and Asa related?
Abijam was Asa’s brother, since they both had the same mother, Maachah, says 1 Kings 15:1, 2, 9, 10.
Abijam was Asa’s father, says 1 Kings 15:8.
¨ What was the name of King Abijah’s mother?
Maachah, says 1 Kings 15:1, 2.
Abishalom, says 2 Chronicles 11:20.
Michaiah, says 2 Chronicles 13:2.
¨ Did Asa remove the high places?
No, says 1 Kings 15:14; 2 Chronicles 15:17.
Yes, says 2 Chronicles 14:3-5.
¨ Did Jehoshaphat remove the high places?
No, says 1 Kings 22:42, 43; 2 Chronicles 20:31-33.
Yes, says 2 Chronicles 17:5, 6.
¨ Did Asa reign peacefully?
No, says 1 Kings 15:16.
Yes, says 2 Chronicles 14:1, 5.
¨ Was the heart of Asa perfect?
Yes, says 2 Chronicles 15:17.
No, says 2 Chronicles 16:7.
¨ According to 2 Chronicles 21:5; 21:20; 22:1, 2, Jehoram died at the age of forty, and his son, Ahaziah, then assumed the throne at age forty-two, which would make him 2 years older then his father!
¨ Who was the father of Zechariah?
Jehoiada the priest, says 2 Chronicles 24:20, 21.
Jesus said his father was Barachias, in Matthew 23:35.
Interestingly, Barachias is not found anywhere in the Ol Testament.
¨ When did Elisha receive Elijah’s mantle?
Before Elijah was “taken up to heaven,” says 1 Kings 19:19.
After Elijah was “taken up to heaven,” says 2 Kings 2:11-13.
¨ This next item is a contradiction of a different order--a contradiction of possibility:
In I Kings 20:30, we are told of a wall falling on 27,000 soldiers.
This is absolutely impossible!
¨ How did Ahaziah die?
He fled to Meggido and died, says 2 Kings 9:27.
He was brought to Jehu and slain, says 2 Chronicles 22:9.
¨ Was Joash buried in the sepulcher of the kings?
Yes, says 2 Kings 12:20, 21.
No, says 2 Chronicles 24:24, 25.
¨ Was Ahaz buried in the sepulcher of the kings?
Yes, says 2 Kings 16:20.
No, says 2 Chronicles 28:27.
¨ Did the king of Syria conquer Ahaz?
No, says II Kings 16:5.
Yes, says 2 Chronicles 28:5.
¨ Who was Adrammelech?
A god, says 2 Kings 17:31.
The son of Sennacherib, king of Assyria, says 2 Kings 19:36-38.
¨ In 2 Kings 23:25-27, we find that Josiah was punished because of his grandfather, Manasseh.
But then we discover from 2 Chronicles 33:1, 2, 12, 13, that Manasseh had actually asked Yahweh for forgiveness, and was indeed forgiven!
So why was his grandson Josiah punished at all?
¨ Where was Josiah when he died?
He died in Megiddo and was brought to Jerusalem, according to 2 Kings 23:29, 30.
He died in Jerusalem, according to 2 Chronicles 35:23, 24.
¨ Who succeeded Jehoiakim as king?
His son Coniah, says 2 Kings 24:5.
He had no successor, says Jeremiah 36:30.
¨ Where did Jehoiakim die?
Babylon, says 2 Chronicles 36:6.
Jerusalem, says Jeremiah 22:18, 19.
¨ What was the relationship between Zedekiah and Nebuchadnessar?
He was the uncle of Nebuchadnezzar, says 2 Kings 24:17.
He was his brother, says 2 Chronicles 36:10.
¨ When did the Israelites occupy Jerusalem?
During the time of Joshua, says Joshua 12:7-10; 15:63.
After the death of Joshua, says Judges 1:8, 21; 19:10, 11.
During the time of David, says 1 Chronicles 11:4; 2 Samuel 5:6, 7.
¨ Did Zedekiah’s eyes see the king of Babylon?
No, says 2 Kings 25:7.
Yes, says Jeremiah 34:3.
¨ On what day did Nebuchadnezzar enter Jerusalem and burn “the house of the Lord”?
The 7th day of the month, says 2 Kings 25:8, 9.
On the 10th day of the month, says Jeremiah 52:12, 13.
¨ Who threw Jonah to the sea?
The sailors, says Jonah 1:15.
Yahweh, says Jonah 2:3.
New Testament contradictions
¨ Was John the Baptist the reincarnation of Elijah?
Yes (see Malachi 4:5; Matthew 11:13, 14; 17:12, 13; Mark 6:14, 15; 9:11, 13; Luke 1:13-17).
No (see John 1:21).
¨ Did John baptize the Pharisees?
Yes, says Matthew 3:7, 8.
No, says Luke 7:20, 30.
¨ Did Herod say that John the Baptist rose from the dead?
Yes, says Mark 6:16.
No, says Luke 9:7.
¨ When did John the Baptist find out that Jesus was the Messiah?
He knew Jesus right away, according to Matthew 3:11; John 1:29.
After Christ’s baptism, while John was in prison, he inquired as to whether or not Jesus was the Messiah, according to Matthew 11:2, 3; Luke 7:18-22.
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¨ Did Herod think that Jesus was John the Baptist?
Yes, according to Matthew 14:1, 2; Mark 6:16.
No, according to Luke 9:9.
¨ Did John the Baptist recognize Jesus before his baptism?
Yes, according to Matthew 3:13, 14.
No, according to John 1:32, 33.
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¨ Where was Jesus baptized?
In the River Jordan, says Matthew 3:13, 16.
In Bethabara, beyond Jordan, says John 1:28-31.
¨ In what order were Christ’s temptations?
Turn stones to bread, cast thyself down, worship me, according to Matthew 4:1-9.
Turn stones to bread, worship me, cast thyself down, according to Luke 4:1-9.
¨ Who is the greatest man who has ever lived, or ever will live: John the Baptist or Solomon?
Solomon, says I Kings 3:12.
John the Baptist, says Matthew 11:11.
Of course, in Matthew 12:42; Luke 11:31, Jesus refers to himself as being greater than Solomon.
¨ Was Jesus meek and humble?
Yes, according to John 16:33; Matthew 11:29.
No, according to John 2:15, where we find him driving the money changers out of the temple with a whip.
¨ When Jesus miraculously fed the crowd of 5,000, were these people impressed with this miracle?
No, says Mark 6:52.
Yes, says John 6:14, 15.
¨ In Matthew 14:16-21, this same miracle of feeding 5,000 with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes is recorded.
But then, in the very next chapter, Matthew 15:33, we find that the disciples were concerned how they could feed only 4,000, after just having supposedly miraculously fed 5,000.
How can this be?
¨ Did Jesus lose Judas, the “son of perdition”?
Yes, according to John 17:12.
No, according to John 18:9.
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Were signs given to Christ’s generation?
No, says Matthew 12:39; 16:4; Mark 8:12; Luke 11:29.
Yes, says Mark 16:20; John 3:2; 20:30; Acts 2:22.
¨ Did the centurion in Capernaum come personally to request of Jesus that he heal his slave?
Yes, says Matthew 8:5-10.
No, says Luke 7:2-10, where we’re told that the centurion sent elders to ask Jesus to perform the miracle.
¨ When did Jesus heal Simon’s wife’s mother?
After curing a centurion’s servant, says Matthew 8:13.
After curing a man with an unclean spirit, says Mark 1:23.
¨ What was the nationality of the woman that besought Jesus to cast a demon out of her daughter?
Canaanite, says Matthew 15:22.
Greek, says Mark 7:26.
¨ Who asked Jesus for a place in heaven?
According to Matthew 20:20, 21, it was the mother of Zebedees’ children, James and John.
According to Mark 10:35-37, it was James and John themselves.
¨ Where did Jesus first meet Simon Peter?
By the Sea of Galilee, with his brother Andrew, says Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-18.
By the Lake of Gennesaret, with James and John, says Luke 5:1-11.
By the banks of the River Jordan, with his brother Andrew, says John 1:28, 40-43.
¨ Did Jesus baptize with his disciples?
Yes, says John 3:22.
No, says John 4:2.
¨ In Matthew 10:1, Jesus gave his disciples the power to “heal all manner of sickness.”
Yet we’re told in Matthew 17:14-16, several chapters later, that the disciples were unable to heal a man’s son.
¨ Where did Peter and his brother Andrew come from?
Capernaum, says Mark 1:21, 29.
Bethsaida, says John 1:44.
¨ Did Jesus tell his disciples to abring a staff and sandals on their first missionary journey?
No, says Matthew 10:9, 10; Luke 9:3.
Yes, says Mark 6:8, 9.
¨ When Jesus walked on water, how did the disciples react?
They confessed Jesus as the Son of God, says Matthew 14:33.
They were just amazed and wondered, says Mark 6:51, 52.
¨ How did Peter find out that Jesus was the Christ?
He just knew it, says Matthew 16:13.
He found out through his brother, says John 1:41.
¨ In John 3:13, Jesus said that no man has ascended up to heaven, except himself.
Yet the bible says that several people have, indeed, done just that.
Enoch, according to Genesis 5:24; Hebrews 11:5.
Elijah, according to 2 Kings 2:11.
Moses, since he appeared in the Mount of Transfiguration, along with Elijah, according to Matthew 17:1-8.
¨ In Matthew 26:69-75; Mark 14:66-72; Luke 22:55-62, we’re told that Peter denied Christ 3 times.
Yet Christ said in Matthew 10:33:
“But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.”
So did Jesus deny Peter 3 times before his Father?
¨ What type of animal did Jesus ride into Jerusalem, a colt or an ass, or both? And who got these / this animal / animals?
Matthew 21:2-6 says that Christ ordered his disciples to go into a village and find an ass and a colt, and to bring them both to him.
Mark 11:2-7 says that he ordered them to only get a colt.
Luke 19:30-35 says, again, that he ordered his disciples to only get a colt.
John 12:14 says that Jesus himself found a young ass to ride.
¨ Where did the woman with the alabaster box anoint Jesus?
In Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, says Matthew 26:6, 7; Mark 14:3.
In a Pharisee’s house, says Luke 7:36-38.
¨ Where did this woman pour the oil?
On Christ’s head, says Matthew 26:7; Mark 14:3.
On Christ’s feet, says Luke 7:38; John 12:3.
¨ Who exactly was it that did the anointing?
An unknown woman, says Matthew 26:7; Mark 14:3.
An unknown sinful woman, says Luke 7:37.
Mary (probably the sister of Lazarus), says John 12:3.
¨ Who was it that criticized this anointing?
The disciples, in general, says Matthew 26:8.
“Some,” according to Mark 14:4.
Judas, says John 12:4, 5.
¨ Did Jesus tell his disciples of his imminent death and resurrection?
Yes, says Matthew 20:18, 19; 26:31, 32; Mark 8:31; 10:33, 34; 14:28; Luke 18:31-33.
No, according to John 20:9, which says that the disciples were entirely ignorant that Christ was to rise from the dead.
¨ When did Judas bargain with the chief priests?
Before the last supper, says Matthew 26:14, 15, 17, 18; Mark 14:10, 11, 16; Luke 22:3, 4, 8.
After the last supper, according to John 13:2.
¨ When did Jesus predict his betrayal?
Before communion, says Matthew 26:20, 26, 27; Mark 14:18, 22-24; John 13:21, 26.
After communion, says Luke 22:17, 19, 21.
¨ What was the order of communion?
Bread then wine, according to Matthew 26:26, 27; Mark 14:22, 23.
Wine then bread, according to Luke 22:17, 19.
¨ Did any of the disciples ask Jesus where he was going, after telling them that he would be leaving this world?
Peter asked, according to John 13:36.
Thomas asked, says John 14:5.
Yet Christ said that NO ONE asked him where he was going, according to John 16:5.
¨ After Peter cut off the ear of a servant in the Garden of Gethsemane, did Jesus heal this wound?
No, says Matthew 26:51; Mark 14:47; John 18:10.
Yes, says Luke 22:50, 51.
¨ Was Jesus taken straight to Caiaphas when he was arrested?
Yes, says Matthew 26:57; Mark 14:53; Luke 22:54.
No, says John 18:13, 24, which says that Christ was first sent to Annas.
¨ Did Jesus appear before the Sanhedrin?
Yes, says Matthew 26:59, 62; Mark 14:55, 60; Luke 22:66, 67.
No, says John 18:13-24, which tells us that there were only private hearings before Annas and Caiaphas.
¨ Were there false witnesses who testified against Jesus?
Yes, says Matthew 26:59-61; Mark 14:55-58.
No, says Luke 22:70, 71; John 18:19, 20.
¨ What was Barabbas accused of?
Murder, says Mark 15:7; Luke 23:18, 19; Acts 3:14.
Robbery, says John 18:40.
¨ Who persuaded the people to ask for the release of Barabbas?
The chief priests and elders, says Matthew 27:20.
Only the chief priests, says Mark 15:11.
The people decided for themselves, says Luke 23:18, 21.
¨ How many times did Peter deny Christ, and before whom did he deny him?
Three times--to a maid, another girl, and then to a group of people--says Matthew 26:69, 70-74.
Three times--to a maid, the same girl again, and then to a group of people--says Mark 14:67-71.
Three times--to a maid, a man, and then another man--says Luke 22:56-58, 60.
Two times--to a girl at the door, and then before several people and one servant of the high priest--says John 18:17, 18, 26, 27.
¨ When was heaven prepared for the righteous?
From the foundation of the world, says Christ in Matthew 25:34.
According to John 14:2, 3, Jesus said that he would prepare heaven after he ascended back to heaven.
¨ Was it lawful for Christ to be put to death by the Jews?
No, says John 18:31.
Yes, says John 19:7.
¨ Who dressed Jesus with a robe?
Herod’s soldiers, says Luke 23:11.
Pilate’s soldiers, says Matthew 27:27, 28; Mark 15:15-17; John 19:1, 2.
¨ What color was Christ’s robe?
Scarlet, says Matthew 27:28, 29.
Purple, says Mark 15:17; John 19:2, 3.
¨ What was Christ given to drink while on the cross?
Vinegar and gall, says Matthew 27:34.
Vinegar, says Luke 23:36.
Vinegar and hyssop, says John 19:29.
Wine with myrrh, says Mark 15:23.
¨ Did Jesus drink what was given to him?
No, says Mark 15:23.
Yes, says John 19:29, 30.
¨ What time of the day was Jesus crucified?
The 6th hour, says Matthew 27:45, 46; John 19:14-16.
The 3rd hour, says Mark 15:25.
¨ Where was Jesus at the 6th hour on the day of his crucifixion?
On the cross, according to Matthew 27:45, 46; Mark 15:33, 34.
In the judgment hall, summoned by Pilate, according to John 19:9, 13, 14.
¨ What were Christ’s final words on the cross?
“My god, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46-50; Mark 15:34-37).
“Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit” (Luke 23:46).
“It is finished” (John 19:30).
¨ When was the veil in the temple torn down the middle?
After the death of Christ, says Matthew 27:50, 51; Mark 15:37, 38.
Before the death of Christ, says Luke 23:45, 46.
¨ Where were the women during the crucifixion?
Afar off, says Matthew 27:55; Mark 15:40; Luke 23:49.
They stood near the cross, says John 19:25, 26.
¨ Who placed Christ in the tomb?
Joseph of Arimathea, says Matthew 27:57-60; Mark 15:43, 46; Luke 23:50-53.
Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, says John 19:38-42.
The Jews and their rulers, says Acts 13:27-29.
¨ Was Christ’s body prepared with spices before burial?
No, according to Matthew 27:59, 60; Mark 15:46; 16:1; Luke 23:53-56.
Yes, according to John 19:39, 40, 42.
¨ Did Pilate order the guarding of Christ’s tomb?
Yes, says Matthew 27:62, 63.
No, says Mark 15:44-47; Luke 23:52, 53, 55, 56; John 19:38-42.
¨ What time of day did the women go to the tomb?
About dawn, says Matthew 28:1.
After sunrise, says Mark 16:2.
Early dawn, says Luke 24:1.
When it was still dark, says John 20:1.
¨ When the women arrived at the tomb, where was the stone found for blocking the entrance?
It was blocking the entrance until an angel rolled it away before their eyes, says Matthew 28:2.
It was already rolled away when they arrived, says Mark 16:4; Luke 24:2; John 20:1.
¨ Was there an earthquake when the women arrived at the tomb?
Yes, says Matthew 28:2.
No, says Mark 16:5; Luke 24:2-4; John 20:12.
¨ Did the women actually enter the tomb?
Yes, says Mark 16:5; Luke 24:3.
No, says John 20:1, 2, 11.
¨ Were the angels inside the tomb?
Outside, says Matthew 28:2.
Inside, says Mark 16:5; Luke 24:3, 4; John 20:11, 12.
¨ Were they told what happened to Jesus’ body?
Yes, says Matthew 28:5, 6; Mark 16:5, 6; Luke 24:4-6.
No, says John 20:2.
¨ How did the women react upon hearing that Jesus’ body was not in the tomb?
They ran from with fear and great joy, says Matthew 28:8.
Mary Magdalene told Peter that the body was stolen, says John 20:2.
¨ How did the disciples find out that Jesus rose from the dead?
Before they could be told, Jesus met them and they marveled to see him alive, says Matthew 28:9.
They found out before seeing Jesus for themselves, and didn’t believe what they were told, says Mark 16:11; Luke 24:11.
¨ What was the reaction of Mary Magdalene to Christ’s resurrection?
She recognized him and was filled with joy, says Matthew 28:9.
She did not recognize him, and was grieving, says John 20:14.
¨ Who was first to see the risen Christ?
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, says Matthew 28:9.
Mary Magdalene, says Mark 16:9; John 20:14-16.
Cleopas and another person, says Luke 24:15-31.
Cephas (Peter), says I Corinthians 15:4, 5.
¨ Where did Jesus first appear after his resurrection?
Near the tomb, says Matthew 28:8, 9.
In Emmaus, about seven miles away from Jerusalem, says Luke 24:13-15.
At the tomb, says John 20:13, 14.
¨ Were the disciples glad to see the risen Jesus?
No, they were frightened, says Luke 24:37.
Yes, says John 20:20.
¨ After he rose, did Jesus allow his followers to touch him?
Yes, his feet, says Matthew 28:9.
Yes, his hands and feet, says Luke 24:39.
No, “Touch me not,” he said, according to John 20:17.
Yes, Thomas touched his wounds a week later, says John 20:27.
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When was Christ’s ascension?
About a week after his resurrection, says Luke 24:1-51; Mark 16:9-19.
Several days after his resurrection, says Acts 13:31.
Forty days after his resurrection, says Acts 1:2, 3, 9.
¨ How many people were present at the time of the ascension?
120, says Acts 1:15.
500, says 1 Corinthians 15:6.
¨ When was the “holy ghost” given to the apostles?
Before Pentecost, says John 20:22.
At the time of Pentecost, says Acts 1:8; 2:1, 4.
¨ When Paul fell on the ground on the way to Damascus, did his companions also fall to the ground?
No, says Acts 9:4, 7.
Yes, says Acts 26:14.
¨ Did Paul’s companions hear a voice?
Yes, says Acts 9:7.
No, says Acts 22:9.
¨ Did Paul see Jesus on the road to Damascus?
No, says Acts 9:8.
Yes, says 1 Corinthians 15:8.
¨ Did the voice on the Damascus road say on the spot what Paul’s duties were to be?
No, says Acts 9:10; 22:10
Yes, says Acts 26:16-18.
¨ Did Paul go to Jerusalem immediately after his conversion?
Yes, says Acts 9:26.
No, says Galatians 1:16, 18, where Paul reveals that he went to Jerusalem three years later.
¨ How many times did Paul go to Jerusalem?
Five times according to the book of Acts:
1. Right after his conversion on his way to Damascus (Acts 9:26).
2. To help with famine relief (Acts 11:29, 30).
3. To attend the Council of Jerusalem (Acts 15:2-5).
4. To keep a feast (Acts 18:21, 22).
5. When he was arrested and killed (Acts 21:17, 30, 31).
Three times, according to other books:
1. When he met with Peter and James 3 years after his conversion (Galatians 1:18).
2. When he met with Barnabas and Titus, and had a confrontation with Peter (Galatians 2:1).
3. When Paul helped the poor (Romans 15:25; 1 Corinthians 16:3).
¨ According to Acts 16:6, Paul was forbidden by the “holy ghost” to teach in Asia.
Yet, according to Acts 19:9, 10, Paul later taught in Asia anyway.
¨ Who attempted to seize Paul, at the time of his arrest?
The governor under Aretas the king, says 2 Corinthians 11:32, 33.
The Jews, says Acts 9:22-24.
¨ Did Paul try to please men?
First Paul said that if he pleased men, he would not be the servant of Christ, in 1 Corinthians 1:10.
But then, in 1 Corinthians 10:33, he said that he pleased all men in all things.
¨ Will the world last forever?
No, according to Psalm 102:25, 26; Isaiah 65:17; Matthew 5:18; 24:35; Mark 13:31; Luke 21:33; Hebrews 1:10, 11; 2 Peter 3:10, 13; Revelation 21:1.
Yes, according to Deuteronomy 4:40; Psalm 37:29; 78:69; 104:5; Ecclesiastes 1:4.
¨ In Revelation 8:7, we’re told that, in the final days of earth’s history, all the green grass will be burned.
But then, in Revelation 9:3, 4, we’re told of a voice crying from heaven, commanding the locusts not to hurt the grass.
But how could they hurt the grass if it’s supposedly already been all burned away?
¨ Interestingly, in Matthew 1:1, 12, 16, we discover that Jesus was a descendant of Jeconiah, son of Jehoiakim.
Yet we find that both Jeconiah and Jehoiakim were cursed in the Old Testament, such that none of their offspring were ever to sit upon the “throne of David” (see Jeremiah 36:30; 22:30; 1 Chronicles 3:10-19).
So how could Christ be “the Messiah” on this basis alone?
But here’s another problem: One of the descendants of Christ mentioned in Matthew and Luke was Boaz, who married Ruth, a Moabite.
Together they had a son named Obed, who is also mentioned in Matthew and Luke as a descendant of Christ.
Obed, in fact, was the father of Jesse, who was the father of David.
Also, Matthew says that Christ was also descended from Rhoboam (or Rehoboam), whose mother was an Ammonite (see 1 Kings 14:21, 31; 2 Chronicles 12:13).
Both the Moabites and Ammonites were said to have been ardent Gentile enemies of Israel.
In fact, both Moab and Ammon were said to be the result of Lot’s incestuous relationship with his daughters (see Genesis 19:30, 36-38).
So hated were the Moabites and Ammonites, that Yahweh told Mosess:
“No Ammonite or Moabite or any of his descendants may enter the assembly of the Lord, even down to the tenth generation…”
But then Deuteronomy 23:3, 4 further states:
“…no Ammonite or Moabite should ever be admitted into the assembly of God…”
So how could Christ be the Messiah with this kind of lineage?