ABC:Judges 4

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Verse 21[edit]

TheThinkingAtheist.com claims the Bible is wrong about the following passage, and makes the following comments:[1]

Judges 4:21 Then Jael Heber's wife took a nail of the tent, and took an hammer in her hand, and went softly unto him, and smote the nail into his temples, and fastened it into the ground: for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died.

He lay asleep.

Judges 5:26 She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen's hammer; and with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote off his head, when she had pierced and stricken through his temples.
27 At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down: at her feet he bowed, he fell: where he bowed, there he fell down dead.

Same book. Next chapter. Sisera was standing and fell at her feet.

It never says he was standing, this is a faulty assumption on the part of the critic. All it says is he fell and was sleeping while she went to him. There are a number of reasonable explanations for what happened:

  1. He started to wake up and rise as she arrived when she killed him and sank back down.
  2. He was on a bed and his body fell off when dead.
  3. His body underwent death throes during the killing that made him rise partly before sinking back down.

Nowhere does it say he was standing, and nowhere does it even say what position Sisera was in when the killing took place. We are told he was tired and sleeping when Jael went to him and fell at her feet as being killed, beyond that is uncertain. To assume a standing position is to dishonestly put words in the Bible's mouth, as it were.

Sources[edit]

  1. TheThinkingAtheist. Bible Contradictions. Retrieved from http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/page/bible-contradictions.