What verses in the Bible that you think is wrong? Or how will you defend that it is right?


#1

For example, in Acts, it says, Jesus is hanged on a tree, you could say it’s wrong or Judas actually died when he bought a field. And if you think they’re right, how do you explain to defend that they are right?


#2

The Crucifix is the “tree” in which Jesus was hanged.


#3

Nothing in the Bible is wrong because it is the True and Holy Word of God.

May God bless you all abundantly and forever! :slight_smile:


#4

Context, genre, proper interpretation.
All are needed when breaking open the Word.
For it is never wrong.
Sometimes our reckoning of the meaning of certain phrases can be terribly wrong, because we don’t have the mind or experiences IRL of the people wrote these books.

You can “defend” by taking a good Biblical exegesis course and know what you’re talking about when people come at you with things like this.

There are many good Catholic series out there. I’d ask your Pastor to recommend one, or offer one at your parish.

Peace.


#5

Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their own language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood. (Acts 1:18-19)

Judas “acquired” a field…meaning that the money he gave back to the Pharisees, they bought the field in his name. So Judas didn’t really buy it but acquired it thru the blood money that was his for his betral.

As far as an author writting something that seems at variance with another inspired author, that is just what it is, “seems to be at variance.” If further research is done, these seemingly variances are resolved.

For example, in the conversion story of St. Paul, one account says the men with them fell down to the ground, while a second account says they were standing. Probably both occurred, but one account just didn’t give the 2nd detail. For instance, they were standing, and then they fell to the ground.

May the Holy Spirit ever guide us…


#6

So can you tell me what the name of the father-in-law of Moses was? Was his name Reuel, Jethro or Hobab?

Exodus 2:16-21: The priest of Midian had seven daughters. They came to draw water, and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. 17 But some shepherds came and drove them away. Moses got up and came to their defense and watered their flock. 18 When they returned to their father Reuel, he said, “How is it that you have come back so soon today?” 19 They said, “An Egyptian helped us against the shepherds; he even drew water for us and watered the flock.” 20 He said to his daughters, “Where is he? Why did you leave the man? Invite him to break bread.” 21 Moses agreed to stay with the man, and he gave Moses his daughter Zipporah in marriage.

Exodus 18:1: Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’ father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moses and for his people Israel, how the Lord had brought Israel out of Egypt.

Judges 4:11: Now Heber the Kenite had separated from the other Kenites, that is, the descendants of Hobab the father-in-law of Moses, and had encamped as far away as Elon-bezaanannim, which is near Kedesh.

Or maybe Reuel was Hobab’s father:

Numbers 10:29: Moses said to Hobab son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses’ father-in-law,


#7

Proof texts are one way man plays “gotcha” with Our Lord. I strongly urge the faithful to read Scripture WANTING to understand versus trying to “trip up” the God of Creation. The Bible is the Word of God not just the words of God; it is meant to be taken in its entirety and is centered on the message of the Risen Christ.


#8

I haven’t read into this, but just off the top, maybe Moses had two father-in-laws since monogamy wasn’t always practiced in those days.


#9

So if Moses had more than one-father in-law, they were all priests of Midian? That’s a coincidence.


#10

But that is what it says…that they were both father-in-laws of Moses, and both priests of Midian.

The only other solution is that the same man had two names which is possible.

Numbers 10:29: Moses said to Hobab son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses’ father-in-law,

“Moses’ father-in-law” is tagged to Reuel in the above sentence.

Have a good evening.


#11

The Jewish Encyclopedia suggests he has more names than that!

—In Rabbinical Literature:

The different names of Jethro puzzled the Talmudists: some thought that his real name was “Hobab,” and that Reuel was his father (see Hobab); others thought that his name was “Reuel,” interpreting it “the friend of God” (see Jethro—Biblical Data, and comp. the view of some modern scholars, who hold that his name was “Reuel,” and that “Jethro” was a title, “his Excellency”). According to Simeon b. Yoḥai, he had two names, “Hobab” and “Jethro” (Sifre, Num. 78). It is, however, generally accepted that he had seven names: “Reuel,” “Jether,” “Jethro,” “Hobab,” “Heber,” “Keni” (comp. Judges i. 16, iv. 11), and “Putiel”; Eleazar’s father-in-law (Ex. vi. 25) being identified with Jethro by interpreting his name either as “he who abandoned idolatry” or as “who fattened calves for the sake of sacrifices to the idol” (Ex. R. xxvii. 7; Mek., Yitro, 'Amaleḳ, 1; Tan., Shemot, 11; comp. Targ. pseudo-Jonathan to Ex. vi. 25 and Soṭah 44a).

Some suggest that he had a change of name as Reuel/Jethro was previously pagan but converted to Judaism after witnessing the success of Moses. Names can be titular depending on authors wishing to push certain agenda in their writings.

Using the same method, one can also say the same for Jesus. Mat 1:21 “…you shall call him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” Then Mat 1:23 “…his name shall be called Emmanuel”. And Mat 1:16 “…who is called Christ” . For people not familiar this will seem all quite confusing. Add Savior, Redeemer, I AM and a long list of other titles. To a non-Christian reader, it seems we have made mistakes in our records.


#12

Moses may have more than 1 father-in-law. It was mentioned that he had married an Ethiopian/Cushite in Numbers 12:1. Flavius Josephus in Antiquities of The Jews narrated how Moses married his first wife an Ethiopian princess named Tharbis. That was before he fled away to Midian and married Zipporah. Incredible story but does not help with the problem on hand.

However, in order for all the verses to jive,

  1. you will need to change Exodus 2:16-21 “daughters” to mean “granddaughters” and “father” to mean “grandfather”. This is a possible reading because there is no word in biblical Hebrew to denote the difference between son and grandson, father and grandfather, daughter or granddaughter.

  2. Reuel is thus the father of Jethro. And Hobab as well. Jethro and Hobab would be brothers and Jethro being the elder.

  3. Numbers 10:29 “father-in-law” can be rendered as “brother-in-law” as the root word “chathan” denotes any male relative by marriage.

  4. By Exodus 3:1, 40 years later i.e. Moses 80 years of age, Reuel could be already dead and the elder son Jethro would have assumed the priesthood.

  5. Hobab is not Jethro because Jethro departed in Ex 18:27. Hobab was still around in Numbers 10:29.

Let me know if you sport any logical problem. It has been an interesting research.


#13

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