ABC:Matthew 2

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Verse 1 claims the Bible is wrong about the following passage, and makes the following comments (italicized):[1]

Obviously there can be both and the passages don't contradict in any way. If all four Gospels provided the exact same detail/wording, what would be the point in having four different accounts? They'd obviously have colluded. Providing different detail is not in any way a contradiction. Claiming this a 'contradiction' is just outright ridiculous, to put it politely.

Verse 11 claims the Bible is wrong about the following passage, and makes the following comments:[1]

First of all, Luke 2 never says where the manger was at. It could've been a barn. It could've been a small shack. A critic wanting to claim a contradiction might even expect an open field. We simply aren't told. And therefore we certainly shouldn't assume where it was at given a lack of information to claim the Bible incorrect.

Secondly, even if it was a stables or barn, that would've technically been their home or living area so the writer would have been correct in using the Greek word oikia which roughly translates to the 16th century word 'house' chosen by the KJV translators. There is certainly no reason to see a contradiction here, and the decision to claim one here shows a desire to create a contradiction out of nothing.

A manger isn't a living area. Really? And if it was, I doubt it would fit very many people. Humor aside, Luke 2 never says where they lived, only that it had a manger and was not an inn. Presuming more than that is reaching.

Verse 13 claims the Bible is wrong about the following passage, and makes the following comments:[1]

Very little is mentioned by the Gospels of Jesus' childhood in general, omission is not equivalent to contradiction. Mark and John do not even mention Jesus' childhood at all. Matthew mentions only Jesus' birth, Herod's massacre, and the flight into Egypt, nothing else of Jesus' childhood, and as with the genealogy given, this is from Joseph's point of view. Luke on the other hand mentions Jesus' birth, the prophecies of Simon and Anna, and Jesus' early experience in the temple, which like the Luke genealogy, is from Mary's point of view. Simply because Joseph and Mary, as seen from Matthew and Luke respectively, considered different parts of Jesus' childhood relevant, does not account for a contradiction, and indeed shows a lack of understanding on the part of the critic of what a contradiction is.

Ultimately as seen from Matthew 2:22, Joseph and Mary returned with Jesus from Egypt once they heard that Herod had died and Archelaus reigned in his place. Herod the Great died and Archelaus began reigning in 4 B.C., so Jesus must have been born 4 B.C. or earlier. If for example Jesus was born in 4 B.C., the flight to Egypt could have lasted a year or less, with Jesus' parents returning from Egypt when they heard Herod was dead.

As a side note, the massacre of male children that occurred by Herod may well have been the killing of male descendants of the Hasmonean Dynasty by Herod the Great. This was not a single isolated massacre of a village, but was actually perpetuated by Herod on a wide scale over more than 30 years. Herod sought to establish control over the region by marrying a Hasmonean princess, Marriamne, and then had male Hasmonean descendants killed wherever he could find them, to prevent any claims to the throne.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 TheThinkingAtheist. Bible Contradictions. Retrieved from
  2. Budde, M.L., & Brimlow, R.W. (2000). The Church as Counterculture. p. 76.