INCONGRUITIES IN THE TORAH
The Judaistic sources confirm that the five books forming the Torah had been given to Moses on Mount Sinai. The other books making up the
Tanakh (the Old Testament) are believed to have been written under divine inspiration.
The original Torah which had been destroyed during the demolition of Solomon's Temple by the Babylonians, had to be re-inscribed basing on the
oral tradition of the Jewish population. It is evident that the new one could not be the exact replica of the original copy. The scholars concur on the fact
that the said texts are not God's own words, although they contain His sayings, since they were written by human hands. Otherwise God's words would
certainly not entail any contradiction.
A few examples forming evidences to many contradictions in the Torah.
So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD. And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab,
over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day. (Deuteronomy 34/5-6) In the Torah claimed to have been written by Moses himself,
the account of his death and burial by a third person proves the contribution of other hands.
Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.. (Exodus 34/7)
The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the father every man shall be put to death for his own sin. (Deuteronomy 24/16)
In the second it is said that every man shall be put to death for his own sin, while in the first it was said that the iniquity of the fathers is visited upon their children.
And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved. (Genesis 33/20) And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.(Exodus 33/20)
As one can see clearly there is here a glaring contradiction.
And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.(Genesis 1/11-27) And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.(Genesis 2/5-8)
While in he first quotation the plants are said to have been created before the creation of man, in the second, it is said that man was created before plants.
And Moses did as the LORD commanded: and they went up into mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation. And Moses stripped Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son; and Aaron died there in the top of the mount: and Moses and Eleazar came down from the mount. (Numbers 20/27) And the children of Israel took their journey from Beeroth of the children of Jaakan to Mosera: there Aaron died, and there he was buried; and Eleazar his son ministered in the priest's office in his stead. (Deuteronomy 10/6)
In the first it is said that Aaron was dead on the mountain Hor, while in the second he is said to have died in Mosera.
The LORD hath also a controversy with Judah, and will punish Jacob according to his ways; according to his doings will he recompense him.He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God: (2 Samuel 24/1) And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel. (1 Chronicles21/1)
Who provoked David, God or Judah?
Irrelevant acts attributed to God
The LORD made heaven and earth, and on the
seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. (Exodus 31/17)
The LORD hath also a controversy with Judah, and will punish
Jacob according to his ways; according to his doings will he
recompense him.He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his
strength he had power with God: (Hosea 12/2,3)
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