How should readers deal with all the contradictions in the Bible?

June 28th, 2010

The Bible critics point out hundreds of seeming contradictions, as if that helps make their case. But such apparent contradictions don’t support them at all. If there really are contradictions, why did R (the redactor) keep them in? Actually, as we show numerous times in the book, most of the apparent contradictions disappear when the Bible is read as it’s meant to, from beginning to end, with the understanding that one scene builds on information introduced earlier — in other words, when it’s read like any other book. When read properly, the “hundreds” of problems become just a small few. We don’t have all the answers, but that’s fine. These are exactly the kinds of questions that are ripe for honest investigation.

Eyal and Gil on Michael Medved — Today

June 17th, 2010

Eyal and Gil will be talking about our book Who Really Wrote the Bible? on the Michael Medved radio show this afternoon (6/17) from 1-2 pm (Pacific Time). This show has close to 4 million weekly listeners and is our biggest forum yet. In Los Angeles, the show broadcasts on KRLA – 870 AM. If you’re not in LA, you can find a station near you. Or you can listen live online by going to and clicking on the yellow button at the top that says “Listen Live Free.” The broadcast will be archived and available to listen to afterwards.

How is Christianity Harmed by the Documentary Hypothesis?

June 3rd, 2010

A religion consists of two things — a theology and a set of values. Christians therefore have a religious faith, which includes their belief that Jesus will bring about their individual salvation, and they have a Jewish-influenced value system. Without that value system, which comes from the Torah, Christians will know what to die for but not what to live for. Belief in Jesus as their savior addresses their afterlife aspirations, but what do they do between birth and death?

Many of the leading proponents of the documentary hypothesis, including Wellhausen, dismissed Judaism as a soul-killing legalistic religion lacking the supposedly higher spirituality of Christianity. They thought that belittling the Bible would only serve to deepen the chasm between Judaism and “true religion.” But a tree cannot stand after it has been severed from its roots, and so too Christianity has been rooted out of its historic base. The beautiful cathedrals of Europe, as is well known, are generally empty except for American tourists while new mosques keep going up.

It’s not surprising that in America, where Christianity was transplanted prior to the advent of the documentary hypothesis, and where the Old Testament was always emphasized, Christianity remains vibrant. But even in America there has been a lessening of the moral authority of the Bible in the broader culture, particularly among the highly educated where the academic view of the Bible has had more impact through universities, for example.