Re: NT inerrancy??

From: wallyshoes <>
Date: Thu Jan 01 2004 - 09:26:52 EST

Hello Peter,

Thanks for the following interpretation. It follows along lines similar to that
which I have heard in the past and which I am prone to believe. Despite
occasional inconsistencies in the NT, it really appears to be various authors
telling the same story as best they understood it to be -- unlike the Boston
Globe, which does inject as truth various legendary accounts..


Peter Ruest wrote:

> Walt Hicks wrote:
> > ... In modern (and KJV) versions of the NT, I note several conflicts. One
> > may easily start with Matthew and Luke regarding the early history of
> > Mary, Joseph and Jesus.
> >
> > 1. ) Where did they go soon after Jesus was born (say within 60 days)
> > - --- Egypt or Nazareth?
> >
> > 2.) Was Nazareth the original home town of Mary and Joseph -- or was it
> > not?
> >
> > Given the discrepancies -- how do we address the "infallibility" of the
> > Bible? ...
> Hi Walt,
> on Christmas evening, when we had our (adult) children and a friend (not
> yet Christian) here, I read them an "extended Christmas story",
> comprising, in this sequence:
> John 1:1-5
> Isa. 9:1,5-6;
> Luke 1:26-38;
> Mat. 1:18-25;
> Luke 2:1-35;
> Mat. 2:1-15;
> John 1:9-18;
> indicating that I believe this to be the chronological sequence.
> I believe the crucial point is that the wise men from the East arrived
> in Jerusalem some time after Jesus was born (possibly having noticed his
> star in Babylonia when he was born). That means they weren't in the
> stable in Bethlehem where he was born. On the 8th day, he was
> circumcised in Jerusalem. After another 33 days (Lev. 12:4), Joseph and
> Mary brought the required sacrifice to the temple, were met by Simeon
> and Anna, and then returned to Nazareth in Galilee (Luke 1:26; 2:39).
> The wise men did learn that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, and Herod sent
> them to Bethlehem, but then they again saw the star, which then directed
> them to the place where Jesus was, i.e. to Nazareth. There, they went
> "into the house" (eis ten oikian), where they saw the child with Mary.
> In Bethlehem, there had been "no place for them in the inn", and Mary
> had laid the child "in a manger", presumably in a stable, not a "house".
> After the wise men departed from Nazareth, Joseph and Mary with the
> child went to Egypt, from where they returned, after Herod's death, to
> Nazareth.
> Another indication that may perhaps support this interpretation is the
> fact that Herod "sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and
> in all that region who were two years old and under, according to the
> time which he had ascertained from the wise men" (Mat. 2:16-17). Two
> years old would be quite a margin, unless they had told him that they
> had seen the star indicating his birth at such and such a time, probably
> at least several months ago (which they would have needed for their
> journey).
> Peter
> --
> Dr. Peter Ruest, CH-3148 Lanzenhaeusern, Switzerland
> <> - Biochemistry - Creation and evolution
> "..the work which God created to evolve it" (Genesis 2:3)

Walt Hicks <>
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exist true but not provable statements.
(Godel's Theorem)
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If you have already found the truth
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Received on Thu Jan 1 09:27:54 2004

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