The prime example is Exodus- mainstream historians and archaeologists consider it to be entirely fictional. The evidence indicates the story was compiled in the 7th to 8th centuries BCE from older stories of the region dating back as far as the 13th century BCE, then re-polished in the 6th century BCE. The purpose was to unite the Israelites against the Egyptians in the then-current battle for territory.
Evidence of the local Canaan (not Egyptian) origin of the kingdoms of Judah and Israel is "overwhelming" and "leaves no room for an Exodus from Egypt or a 40 year pilgrimage through the Sinai wilderness", according to archaeologist William Dever (who is actually considered quite conservative) in his interesting book "What did the biblical writers know and when did they know it?" He notes that search for evidence of Exodus has been "dead" since the seventies, though scholars have been surprised by the complete and total lack of any Israelite presence in Egypt since the 1800s.
the bible is not untrue every word of it was written by someone just like you or me so i dont want to fight or anything but the bible is accurate. and im sorry if that's not the answer you wanted but its just my thoughts on thing's
It's a collection of stories that people agreed to, but there are parts that were taken out. Do the research it's the only way to find out, there was even a documentary on missing pieces of the bible on the history network, just ask your self if you have read the bible, where did all the rest if the people come from if" in the beginning" there was just Adam&Eve? if there was no insest?
It is NOT inaccurate. You just cannot pick one verse out & try to show a problem. The whole Bible is accurate. Something quoted in the Old Testament may not be fulilled until hundreds if years later in the New Testament. It us actually amazing that 40 writers at different times kept the theme flowing perfectly. One must read the Bjble to see its truth.
We believe that the God who created the universe is capable of writing a book. And the God who is perfect is capable of writing a perfect book. The issue is not simply "Does the Bible have a mistake?" but "Can God make a mistake?" If the Bible contains factual errors, then God is not omniscient and is capable of making errors Himself. If the Bible contains misinformation, then God is not truthful but is instead a liar. If the Bible contains contradictions, then God is the author of confusion. In other words, if biblical inerrancy is not true, then God is not God. Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/Biblical-inerrancy.html#ixzz2ObMBUC5D
I can give you a specific example -- the games Bibles play with names. Consider the names of the 12 Apostles, where the usual response, when asked for the list, is the list given in Matthew. The list given in Matthew doesn't match each of the lists in the other 3 Gospels.
Now read the entire Gospel of John and list each name as he points out an apostle. You will come up with more than 12 names and 2 he can't name at all--just give descriptions of.
Now do the math. John the Gospel writer is supposed to be John, an Apostle. Look at the end of John's Gospel and note how he talks about the Zebedee brothers. The trouble is that one's name is John, and if there's only one John on the list of Apostles in the other 3 Gospels, John's Gospel is where you get two Johns.
Now look at the list of names you get when you go through all 4 Gospels. You can't say that one guy has two names without machinations like, say, Levi must be Matthew because of...what, exactly? The reasons are lame and boil down to they both being tax collectors. That's it, that's all.
Well lets try this Abraham met the Philistines, Yet they didn't arrive in Palestine until 800 years after abraham supposedly lived. Abraham traveled into the land of Dan, yet dan didn't exist 400 years after the supposed time of Abraham. The Exodus as SK points out Joshua destroys Jericho yet it had been destroyed some 1000 years before Joshua, and he must not have done a good job, because it was suppose to have been for ever, yet it is still a inhabited city. (it's actually been demolished 5 or 6 times through history)