Originally posted by Squelchbelch
That's a spurious non-argument!
They are in the same book & if you believe The Bible a Divine work (most Christians don't these days) then these contradictions shouldn't occur.
Ok then, how about the most blatant case of the Bible getting its story screwed - Genesis & the Order of Creation.
In chapter one of Genesis, God is said to have created p ...[text shortened]... alled every living creature, that was its name.[/i]
Language problems again I suppose...
Just because you bind Newton's Principia Mathematica
and Einstein's Special Relativity paper in the same book does not mean they have to be consistent with each other (even if they are both about physics).
The example you gave of the two accounts of Judas's death aren't even from the same book in the Bible. With the Genesis accounts, again, most scholars believe they came from two different oral traditions. So my argument still stands.
Just because something is divinely inspired
doesn't mean it's divinely dictated
(as, for instance, the Vedas and the Quran are supposed to be). Contradictions in terms of people and places can most certainly occur and are acceptable -- unless you're reading something that wasn't intended to be a history textbook (as modern historians understand it) as one.