Professor Bart Ehrman – Bible Contradictions

Some well known contradictions and discrepancies in the Bible


Categories: Bart Ehrman, Bible, Biblical scholarship

9 replies

  1. Ehrman’s criticisms are not true.

    Mark 5:23 Jairus say my daughter is dying.
    Matthew 9:18 Jairus says she is dead.
    Ehrman: both cannot be true.
    Answer: Yes, they can. Matthew is a summary of the whole event, and if you read the rest Mark 5:35 you would see this. Jairus said she was dying and then dead.

    Different genealogies – I have two different genealogies because my mother was adopted. There are a whole range of reasons why you can have two different genealogies. Also, genealogies are a genre. Matthew does not simply present a genealogy but presents the history of Israel and the promise of the Messiah in presenting Jesus’ genealogy.

    As a child did Jesus go to Nazareth in Luke or Egypt in Matthew?
    Answer: There is a two year gap. Matthew 2:16 so there is plenty of time.

    Regarding the census. People were registered for taxation and Joseph went to Bethlehem.

    The day of Jesus death is different in Mark and John.
    Answer: This is such an old argument. Bart has mixed up the preparation day for the pass-over with the preparation day for the sabbath. John 19:31.

    Resurrection Contradictions
    “one woman or several”
    Answer: It never says “one” woman. It just says Mary. This not a contradiction to saying Mary went with others. A witness does not have to include all the details. If all the details were the same Ehrman would then be saying collusion. I have written out the resurrection accounts and they do match just with different details.

    The gospels are separated from the life of Jesus by 35-60 years.
    No, they are not. The disciples of Jesus did not ascend with him. They were active in ministry for decades after Jesus. Ehrman’s whole theory is based on the assumptions of form criticism. But there is no evidence for form criticism.

    In Mark Jesus is silent on the way to the cross. Then he cries out. In Luke Jesus talks to the women and others. He knows what is happening.
    He knows exactly what is happening in Mark. The other differences are simply a matter of emphasis not a contraction.

    Only in John does Jesus say he is divine. Ehrman has changed his mind on this.

    Until a year ago I would have said – and frequently did say, in the classroom, in public lectures, and in my writings – that Jesus is portrayed as God in the Gospel of John but not, definitely not, in the other Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. … I finally yielded. These Gospels do indeed think of Jesus as divine. Being made the very Son of God who can heal, cast out demons, raise the dead, pronounce divine forgiveness, receive worship together suggests that even for these Gospels Jesus was a divine being, not merely a human. … So yes, now I agree that Jesus is portrayed as a divine being, a God-man, in all the Gospels. But in very different ways, depending on which Gospel you read. (Bart Ehrman,, posted 13-04-2014)


  2. Excellent


  3. The pagan paulian wretches on here must absolutely hate Ehrman :’-):’-):’-)

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  4. I just finished reading a classical book written by Imam al-Juwayni which shows the contradictions in the bible. He mentined what dr Ehrman siad almost exactly. Even he mentioned Matthew’s account in which many saints got resurrected. al-Juwayni asked why such an incident got reported by just one gospel if that really had happened.


  5. matthew 28:19 also unique to the matthew.


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