Where did Uzzah die? – ATA

ataINQUIRY:
Did God kill Uzzah at the threshing floor of Nachon (2 Samuel 6:6-7) or the threshing floor of Chidon (1 Chronicles 13:9-10)?  Is there a contradiction?

RESPONSE:
A few days ago, a teller at the bank asked whether I prefer being called William or Bill. I’ve been called both and I’m fine with either. I’ve also been called Stewart by some, and James (my middle name) by others. What’s the point? All these different names, Bill, William, Stewart, or James can rightly be used of the same individual—me.

My wife has an uncle whom I’ve always known as Jack. His name is actually John. We have a friend whom we’ve always called Rocky; her name is Rochelle. I’ve got a cousin Sheldon whom most people call Buck. What’s the point? One individual may be known by different names.

In 2 Samuel 6:6, the threshing floor where Uzzah perished was attributed to Nachon. It is obvious that 1 Chronicles 13 is speaking about the same place, but the name given is Chidon. For the same person to be referred to by different names is not foreign to the Bible. Jacob is also known as Israel (Genesis 32:28). Xerxes is also known as Ahasuerus (Esther 1:1). In fact, Esther is also called Hadassah (Esther 2:7). Eliakim is called Jehoiakim (2 Kings 23:34). Simon is also called Cephas or Peter (John 1:42; Matthew 4:18).

There is no contradiction.


A response to 1001 Bible Contradictions.

 

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