How many Horsemen did David Capture, 1700 or 7000?
- 1,700 Horsemen (2 Samuel 8:4) - "And David captured from him 1,700 horsemen and 20,000 foot soldiers; and David hamstrung the chariot horses, but reserved enough of them for 100 chariots
- 7,000 Horsemen (1 Chronicles 18:4) - "And David took from him 1,000 chariots and 7,000 horsemen and 20,000 foot soldiers, and David hamstrung all the chariot horses, but reserved enough of them for 100 chariots."
"Probably on earlier copyist inadvertently omitted the word "chariot" that we find supplied in some translations. This in turn created a problem for a later copyist who would have recognized that it was not proper Hebrew structure to write "one thousand seven thousand" horsemen," so he would have reduced the second "thousand" to "hundred" resulting in the reading we now have in 2 Samuel 8:4." [Geisler and Howe, When Critics Ask, p. 171-172]
The explanation offered by Geisler and Howe does make sense. However, notice that it's simply a tacit admission that there is a contradiction in the Bible. Explaining how a contradiction got into the Bible is not akin to explaining the contradiction away but rather it is simply confirmation of the contradiction.
The 'how it got there' is acknowledgement that the contradiction is there and thus the question that is begged here is thus: If you admit to a contradiction being in your Bible then how can you claim the whole Bible in your hand is inspired by God?
For us, as Muslims, this is simply another evidence of the Muslim belief that the Bible has been corrupted.
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