The bible is viewed by believers as perfect, inspired in it’s original by God, free from error, etc. etc. etc. ad infinitum, ad nauseam. If it could be demonstrated that there is one incorrect assertion in the Bible, then the aforementioned attributes of the Bible cannot be viewed as having any truth to them whatsoever.
There are still many differing opinions regarding the origin of the Bible, when it was written, and under what conditions; but it is fair to say that, outside fundamentalist circles, modern consensus suggests that the assembling and editing of the documents that were to constitute the Bible began in the seventh century BCE, some three centuries after David’s time. (The earliest actual material in our possession, part of the Dead Sea Scrolls, dates to the second century BCE at the earliest).
In particular, the account of Joshua’s conquest of Canaan is inconsistent with the archaeological evidence. Cities supposedly conquered by Joshua in the 14th century bce were destroyed long before he came on the scene. Some, such as Ai and Arad, had been ruins for a 1000 years.
The Truth Is
There are hundreds of errors of fact, impossible situations, contratictions and anachronisms in the Bible. This section of The Church of Truth’s doctrine will focus on the many anachronisms found in the Bible.
Genesis Proven to be written AFTER the time of Moses, the alleged author.
Here is what the perfect Bible says of the place of origin of Abrahm that is, Abraham:
Tereh took Abrahm his son and Lot, the son of Haran, his grandson and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abrahm’s wife, and he went forth from Ur of the Chaldeans to go into the land of Canaan; but when they came to Haran they settled there. Gen. 11:31
While this text purports to be from the hand of Moses, written sometime between 1400 and 1200 BCE, the Chaldeans did not occupy Ur until ca. 800 BCE. Hence, this document’s reference to Ur as “Ur of the Chaldeans” dates it as having been written after that time.
Camels are referenced BEFORE they were domesticated.
And the servant took ten camels of the camels of his master (Abraham), and departed; for all the goods of his master were in his hand: and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor. Genesis 24:10
It is the consensus of scholars that camels were domesticated after the time of Abraham and thus we have another case where the “perfect” bible is wrong.
Jericho Was In Ruins BEFORE Joshua Allegedly Concurred It.
The account of Joshua’s conquest of Canaan is inconsistent with the archaeological evidence. Cities supposedly conquered by Joshua in the 14th century bce were destroyed long before he came on the scene. Some, such as Ai and Arad, had been ruins for a 1000 years.