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More Challenges for Bible Literalists

Posted on March 13, 2011 at 4:36 PM

By Gary Konecky

Bible literalists claim the bible is the word of G-d and it must be understood only literally.  As many of these same literalists also use the bible to demonize and attack gays and lesbians, it seems only fair to test their understanding of the bible.  Therefore, I have prepared the following challenges. 

The first challenges involve verses I have paired up from the Hebrew bible. One verse is written in the original Hebrew in the singular as in there is only one G-d; and the other verse is written in the original Hebrew in the plural as in there is more than one G-d. My challenge to the bible literalists is to reconcile this seeming contradiction.

Challenge Number 1 

Genesis 1:26:  “Let us make man in our image”

Genesis1:27:  “And G-d created [sing.] man in His own image”

Challenge Number 2

Genesis 11:5:  “And the Lord came down [sing.] to see the city and the tower”

Genesis 11:7:  “Come, let us go down and there confound their language”

Challenge Number 3

Genesis 35:3:  “And let us arise, and go up to Beth-El; and I will make there an altar to G-d, who answered me in the day of my distress.” The Hebrew for G-d is in the singular.

Genesis 35:7:  “And he built there an altar, and called the place El-Beth-El; because there G-d appeared to him” The Hebrew for G-d is in the plural.

 My next set of challenges for bible literalists is to reconcile the seeming contradiction of a verse that refers to G-d in both the singular and plural in the same verse.

Challenge Number 4

Deuteronomy 4:7: “For what great nation is there that hath G-d so nigh [plur.] unto it,as the L-rd our G-d is [unto us] whensoever we call upon Him [sing.]”

Challenge Number 5

II Samuel 7:23:  “And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, [like] Israel, whom G-d went [plur.] to redeem for a people unto himself [sing.]”

My final challenge is how many thrones does G-d sit on?  If there is one G-d, then why is “thrones”in the plural? 

Challenge Number 6

Daniel 7:9:  “Til lthrones were placed and one that was ancient did sit.


This material is adapted from the Talmud (Sanhedrin38b)

Categories: Bible Interpretation, Gay, Lesbian and Transgender

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