What I’m about to share in this post may disturb some who hold to a literal understanding of the doctrine of Biblical inerrancy.
“Biblical inerrancy” is the idea that since the Scriptures were inspired by God, every word in the Bible must be completely free from error or untruths.
I think some of us have this idea that Moses just sat down to write the Torah and then when he was finished, that was it!
It is assumed that the original documents Moses composed were the perfect reflection of what God had communicated to him and any apparent differences or discrepancies found afterwards were human mistakes, plain and simple.
This is hogwash and I’m going to prove it right now by pointing out something interesting in the genealogy in Genesis 46.
The family lines we have listed here were added to the text at a later time.
How do I know this?
First, the numbers don’t match up for the time period we’re in.
For example, during this time Joseph was in his early thirties which would have meant Benjamin would have been in his early twenties.
However, take a look at verse 21 which lists the sons of Benjamin.
“The sons of Benjamin: Bela, Beker, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim and Ard.”
If this verse is true real time, this means that Benjamin had 10 sons in his twenties!
Uh, I don’t think so.
This verse had to have been added (or amended) at a later date to reflect Benjamin’s changed family situation.
Second, this same genealogy is also in Numbers 26:38-39.
“The descendants of Benjamin by their clans were:
through Bela, the Belaite clan;
through Ashbel, the Ashbelite clan;
through Ahiram, the Ahiramite clan;
through Shupham, the Shuphamite clan;
through Hupham, the Huphamite clan.”
And moving down this list in numbers, we can see that two of the sons in the Genesis 46 list were actually grandsons!
The descendants of Bela through Ard and Naaman were:
through Ard, the Ardite clan;
through Naaman, the Naamite clan.
These were the clans of Benjamin;
those numbered were 45,600.
Look there is no way in hell that Benjamin gave birth to this many kids including grandkids at such a young age unless he started procreating like at the age of three.
So this is an obvious redaction!
If you want even further proof that this was a later redaction, check out verse 27.
“The sons of Joseph, born to him in Egypt, were two in number.
Thus all the people in Jacob’s family who entered Egypt numbered seventy.”
Joseph’s children who were born and raised in Egypt are included in a list “among those who went down to Egypt”?!
So yes, I do NOT deny that the Bible is indeed God’s inspired Word to mankind.
However, similar to other manmade documents, it has gone through many revisions to arrive at the final product we read and study today.
CONNECTING THIS TEACHING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is valuable for teaching the truth,
convicting of sin, correcting faults and training in right living;”
-2 Timothy 3:16
It should be noted that when the above verse was penned, the New Testament wasn’t even in existence.