Those outside, those non-believers who think that the Bible is a single but fractured Book, expecting to read it cover to cover, discover for themselves, I will say, uncountable inconcistencies that indicate to them that Our Book cannot possibly be of Divine origins. They expect that something considered inerrant cannot have any inconsistencies because then it isn’t inerrant. Historicity demands and goes far further than the scope of external acruacy such that even should science and medicine disprove or supercede its records, they would still remain inviolate.
Father Terah is just one interesting case:
“We got no further than Harran where we set about living our lives as usual, I was 70 when we arrived and was to live there for another 5 years until father died he lived until he was 205 years old. ” Fr Abram’s his(story)
One of the issues concerning content in Scripture is its inconsistency, its incredibleness
So implausible as to elicit disbelief; unbelievable: gave an incredible explanation of the cause of the accident. 2. Astonishing, extraordinary, or extreme: dressed with incredible speed. [Middle English, from Latin incrēdibilis : in-, not; see in-1 + crēdibilis, believable; see credible The Free Dictionary”incredibleness”
[This happened] after Abram had left Haran and had come to the land of Canaan, and had been there for over sixty years, for it is written (below 12:4): “And Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran,” and Terah was seventy years old when Abram was born, making Terah one hundred and forty-five years old when Abram left Haran. “Accordingly, many of his [Terah’s] years were left.” Why then did Scripture relate Terah’s death before Abram’s departure?
( And there is the case of the wicked being dead even when they are alive, so Terah was dead in his sins while alive)
Scriture related it this way to save Abram from disgrace for “Abram did not fulfill [the commandment of] honoring his father, for he left him in his old age and went away.”
About Samaritan Torah
The Samaritan Pentateuch, also known as the Samaritan Torah (Hebrew: תורה שומרונית torah shomronit), is a text of the Written Torah, written in the Samaritan script and used by the Samaritans. It constitutes their entire biblical canon.Over six thousand differences exist between the Samaritan and the Masoretic Text. See my Interlinear Pentateuch. Most are minor variations in the spelling of words or grammatical constructions, but others involve significant semantic changes, such as the uniquely Samaritan commandment to construct an altar on Mount Gerizim. Nearly two thousand of these textual variations agree with the Koine Greek Septuagint and some are shared with the Latin Vulgate. Throughout their history, Samaritans have made use of translations of the Samaritan Pentateuch into Aramaic, Greek and Arabic as well as liturgical and exegetical works based upon it. [ ]
- So which do we believe, Abram gives 205 in his (story)
- based upon his knowledge of the pre-existing Torah,
- because he is guilty,
- or does he offer this date since it agrees with the number of years he was in Canaan before Terah died – i. e 60?
Or the samaritan Torah is correct and the Hebrew one is not?
Being Abram’s own story we ought agree with him…. That Terah died at 145, was buried at Haram before Abram left, but quoted incorrectly, blindly becaused that is what the Torah said.
Septaguint Torah Genesis 11.32
32 And all the days of Tharrha in the land of Charrhan were two hundred and five years, and Tharrha died in Charrhan.
Vulgate Torah 11:32
et facti sunt dies Thare ducentorum quinque annorum et mortuus est in Haran
The days of Terah were two hundred and five years; and Terah died in Haran. (NASB)
And so we ask: Which Torah?