Critics of the Bible have raised a variety of questions about apparent contradictions and errors in the Bible, ethical issues (slavery, the destruction of the Canaanites, etc). Below are some helpful articles, books, and DVDs that seek to provide intellectually satisfying answers to their questions. Also, make sure to click on the "Bible, Evidence for the Bible" button in the menu to the left for additional articles on the reliability of the Bible.
"ARE THERE CONTRADICTIONS IN THE GOSPELS?" by Charlie Campbell
– The Number of Angels at Jesus’ Tomb
– Jesus’ Occupation
– Jesus’ Location When He Healed A Blind Man
– The Timing of the Passover Meal
– The Timing of Christ’s Crucifixion
– What Happened to Judas's Body
– Jesus' Teaching On The Treatment of Enemies
BIBLE SOLUTIONS FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION:
Solutions to Almost Every Conceivable Bible "Error" From Genesis to Revelation by Norman Geisler & Thomas Howe (also available in book form here).
101 'Cleared Up' Contradictions in the Bible by Jay Smith, et. al
"Two Creation Accounts?: Is There a Contradiction in Genesis?" by Charlie Campbell
"Answers to Questions About Dinosaurs" by Answers in Genesis
"Why is Slavery Permitted in the Bible?" by Matthew Slick
"Is there Evidence for the Exodus?" by Charlie Campbell
"How Could a Loving God Command the Israelites to Destroy the Canaanites?" by Charlie Campbell (More on this here and here by William L. Craig)
God's Command to Abraham to Offer Up His Son Isaac by R. A. Torrey
"Contradictions: A Time to Kill?" by Roger Patterson (Is it okay to kill, like David killing Goliath or Joshua eliminating Canaanites? Or is killing forbidden?)
"Old Testament Law and the Charge of Inconsistency" by Timothy Keller (Do Christians ignore Old Testament texts about not eating raw meat or pork, not wearing garments woven with two kinds of material and so on, only to then inconsistently condemn homosexuality?)
"Daniel and His Supposedly Invented King Belshazzar" by Charlie Campbell
"Did Moses Plagiarize from the Code of Hammurabi (Hammurapi)?" by Charlie Campbell
"A Slave is Property?" by Matthew Slick
"Are There Contradictions in the Gospels?" by Charlie Campbell
"Do the Gospels Borrow Ideas for Jesus From Older Pagan Religions?" A Response to the Zeitgeist Movie
"Is there a Contradiction in the Accounts of the Women at Jesus' Tomb?" by Charlie Campbell
"Is there a Contradiction in Jesus' Geneaological Records?" by Charlie Campbell
"When Was the New Testament Completed?" by Charlie Campbell
Responses to Bible Critic, Bart Ehrman by various authors
"Good Friday Should Probably Be Good Thursday" by Charlie Campbell
"Is the Bible Sexist Against Women?" by Lenny Esposito
"Who Discovered the Empty Tomb?" by Lee Strobel
"Has Anyone Seen God or Not?" by Matthew Slick
"Is the Mustard Seed the Smallest of Seeds?" by Daryl Witmer
"Mark 16:9-20—Why is this Passage of Scripture Omitted in Some Bibles?" by Norman Geisler
"John 7:53-8:11—Should This Story Be in the Bible?" by Norman Geisler
"The Real Murderers: Atheism or Christianity?" by Greg Koukl
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EVIDENCE FOR THE BIBLE (Part 2): An Examination of Apparent Contradictions in the Bible (DVD) by Charlie Campbell
One of the number one reasons nonbelievers give as to why they don’t believe the Bible is their belief that the Bible is “full of contradictions.” In this hour long DVD, author and teacher Charlie Campbell examines seven popularly cited examples of "contradictions" in the Bible. After pointing out the apparent contradictions, Charlie demonstrates how the apparent difficulties can be resolved and where the critics have erred. This visual presentation was filmed before a live congregation in Los Angeles, California, and contains many of the images Charlie used in his PowerPoint presentation. DVD length: 62 minutes. Click here to purchase. Part one available here.
SCROLLS & STONES: Compelling Evidence the Bible Can Be Trusted (Book) by Charlie Campbell
Can we trust the Bible? Isn’t the Bible just “ancient ﬁction” written by fallible, perhaps even deceitful men? Haven’t books of the Bible been lost and even tampered with down through the centuries? Isn’t the Bible out-of- sync with scientiﬁc discoveries? What about the apparent contradictions in the Bible? What makes the Bible any different than the Hindu Vedas, Quran, or Book of Mormon? Charlie Campbell has been researching answers to questions like these for nearly twenty-five years. It was his initial research that led him to become a follower of Jesus in 1990. In Scrolls & Stones he shares some of the evidence that changed his mind back then but also fascinating new discoveries...all confirming the reliability of the Bible. You’ll learn about:
• Extrabiblical Historical Sources that Verify Biblical Events
• Scientific Discoveries
• Archaeological Evidence
• Fulfilled Prophecies
• Ancient Scrolls and Manuscripts
• Answers to Skeptics’ Objections and Questions
• And more!
Contains questions for further reflection and small group discussion. Also contains full subject index. Click here to purchase.
THE BIG BOOK OF BIBLE DIFFICULTIES: Clear and Concise Answers from Genesis to Revelation (Book) by Norman Geisler and Thomas Howe
This comprehensive volume offers clear and concise answers to every major Bible difficulty from Genesis to Revelation, staunchly defending the authority and inspiration of Scripture. Written in a problem/solution format, the book covers over eight hundred questions that critics and doubters raise about the Bible. Three extensive indexes (topical, Scripture, and unorthodox doctrines) offer quick and easy access to the answers you need. Note: This book was formerly published under the title: When Critics Ask. This is largely the same book although it has been updated with approximately 12 new entries (passages that were not in the previous title). Paperback from Baker Books, 615 pages. Click here to purchase.
This NEW, updated and expanded 2012 edition by Charlie Campbell is now available in paperback. It contains more than double the amount of information and photos as the 2011 eBook edition. This book explores dozens of archaeological discoveries that have confirmed the trustworthiness of the Bible. You'll learn not only about the discoveries and their bearing on the reliability of the Bible, but also what the critics used to say before the discovery was made. Packed with approximately 90 photographs. 150 pages.Old Testament discoveries and topics include: the Genesis Flood, Israelites in Egypt, the Exodus, Jericho, Child Sacrifice to Molech, David, the Philistines, Nineveh, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Nebuchadnezzar, and more. New Testament discoveries and topics include: Herod the Great, John the Baptist, the Pool Bethesda, the Synagogue in Capernaum, Caiaphas, Pontius Pilate, Crucifixion in the first century, Rolling Tomb Stones, Jesus Christ, Persons and Places Mentioned by Luke, and more! Available in full color, black and white, and Spanish full color.
THE GOSPELS: "LOST" & FOUND: Why Are There Only Four Gospels?
(Full color pamphlet) by Dr. Timothy Paul Jones
Who really wrote the Gospels? Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John? Or were they written by people who were utterly unconnected with the eyewitnesses as some books and TV shows claim? Were they written centuries after Jesus'death and resurrection, long after Jesus'followers had died? Were there gospels that were included in the New Testament—and later removed? Why were these books chosen and not others? This color pamphlet gives reasons to trust the New Testament writings, and provides answers to Bart Ehrman's bestseller Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why. Author Timothy Paul Jones, Ph.D., shows where the critics are incorrect and provides us with a logical, well-reasoned arguments for believing that Jesus lived, died, and rose again—according to the Scriptures. Click here to purchase.