ABC:1 Chronicles 6

From BibleStrength

Verse 66

The ReasonProject lists the following as a Bible contradiction with the headline "To whom were the cities of Aijalon and Gathrimmon given?"[1]

At first glance, this would appear to be a contradiction. However, as pointed out by Limestone Church of Christ, the books of Joshua and 1 Chronicles were authored almost 1,000 years apart (1370 B.C. and 450 B.C. respectively).[2] The simple solution is that the city was originally given to the tribe of Dan, but the Danites failed to conquer the city, resulting in its being allotted to the tribe of Ephraim instead. This is excellently summarized by the Jewish Virtual Library:[3]

Thus Aijalon was given to two different tribes at two different times as seen from Judges 1:34-35. Dan's failure to stabilize the land intended for them resulted in Ephraim instead taking control of it.


  1. Marlow, Andy (2009). Contradictions in the Bible. Project Reason.
  2. (2014, June 1). Cities of Aijalon and Gathrimmon.
  3. Encyclopaedia Judaica (2008). Aijalon. Jewish Virtual Library.