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Answering The Atheist

ATA – Height of the pillars

INQUIRY: Were the pillars in the temple 18 cubits high (1 Kings 7:15) or 35 cubits high (2 Chronicles 3:15)? Is there a contradiction?

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ATA – a temple before Solomon?

INQUIRY: Was there a temple of the LORD before Solomon’s reign (Judges 18:31; 1 Samuel 1:9, 20; 3:3) or not (1 Chronicles 28:2-7; 1 Kings 6:14)? Is there a contradiction?

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ATA – Solomon’s wives and concubines

INQUIRY: Did Solomon have 700 wives and 300 concubines (1 Kings 11:1-3) or did he have 60 wives and 80 concubines (Song of Solomon 6:8)? Is there a contradiction?

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ATA – Solomon’s wisdom

INQUIRY: Was Solomon wise (1 Kings 3:12) or unwise (1 Kings 11:1-4)? Is there a contradiction?

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ATA – Solomon’s reign

INQUIRY: Did Solomon’s reign begin 476 (1 Kings 6:1) or 570 years (Acts 13:17-22; 1 Chronicles 29:26) after the Israelites left Egypt? Was David’s reign 40 years? Is there a contradiction?

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ATA – David’s reign & Absalom’s rebellion

INQUIRY: Did Absalom rebel against David less than (2 Samuel 5:2-5) or more than 40 years (2 Samuel 15:7) after returning to Jerusalem? Was David’s reign 40 years? Is there a contradiction?

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ATA – Seven or three years of famine?

INQUIRY: Did God offer David seven (2 Samuel 24:12-13) or three (1 Chronicles 21:11-12) years of famine? Is there a contradiction?

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ATA – Soldiers in Israel & Judah

INQUIRY: How many soldiers did Israel and Judah have 2 Samuel 24:9 says 800,000 & 500,000 respectively, but 1 Chronicles 21:5 says 1.1 million and 470,000 respectively. Is there a contradiction?

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700 or 7,000 slain charioteers

INQUIRY: Did David slay 700 (2 Samuel 10:18) or 7,000 charioteers (1 Chronicles 19:18)? Is there a contradiction?

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ATA – Ammonite mercenaries

INQUIRY: Did the Ammonites hire 32,000 (1 Chronicles 19:6-7) or 33,000 (2 Samuel 10:6) mercenaries? Is there a contradiction?

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