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EZRA i9-11 Bad Maths And this is the number of them Thirty charges of gold a thousand charges of silver nine and twenty knives Thirty basins of gold silver basins of a second sort four hundred and ten and vessels a thousand All the vessels of gold and of silver were five thousand and four hundred Even if all these items were composed of silver and gold they would not total 5400 30 1000 29 30 410 10002499 not 5400 II Both Ezra and Nehemiah give a list of those nations that left bondage and as you would expect by now both contradict each other continuously This is strange as the sum total of both is the same so the same census must have been the same ii1 To start with the contradictions according to Josviii28 Ai will never be inhabited here and in Nehvii72 it did in fact have later inhabitants ii64 Bad Maths II The whole congregation together composed of those who returned from captivity was forty and two thousand three hundred and threescore The number of people in each tribe that returned from the Captivity is listed from ii3 to ii60 Simply by doing your sums in this chapter you would find that 29818 returned not 42360- an error of 12542 ii28 It mentions the men of Ai when Josviii28 assured us that it would be uninhabited for ever ii5 Ezra says that of the children of Arah seven hundred seventy and five returned from exile whereas Nehvii10 puts the number down as 652 iv3 By preventing foreigners from helping to build an house unto our God only the Jews could worship Yahweh iv6 The individual referred to here as Ahasuerus could in fact be Xerxes 486-465 BCE iv8-vi18vii12-26 These verses are of note if only because they are in Aramaic and thus indicate how the language was recognised by the Persian Empire which based its own form of
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