The Statistics of the Exodus and the Half-Shekel Tax

The article by W. J. Young in the August Testimony has performed a useful service in drawing attention to the existence of these problems, but it does not follow that W. J. Y.’s theory provides the correct solution.

When he says (page 352) that “the figures given in the text as we now have it cannot be accepted as forming part of the original inspired Word, but must be regarded . . . as the interpolations and corruptions of later hands,” he apparently overlooks the detailed information given in Exodus 38:25-26:

“And the silver of them that were numbered of the congregation was an hundred talents, and a thousand seven hundred and threescore shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary:

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Author: P. H. Adams

Keywords: Exodus, Exodus from Egypt, Population of Israel, Population, Size of the children of Israel, numbers, numbering, numbering the children of Israel, counting, errors, errors in the Bible, inerrancy, inerrancy of the Bible, Bible is full of errors, scribal errors, Bible inerrant, Half shekel tax

Bible reference(s): Exo 1:12, Exo 12:38, Exo 30:15, Exo 38:25-26, Num 1, Numbers 2, Numbers 3, Num 4:36, Num 4:40, Num 4:44, Num 4:48, Numbers 26, Num 31:36, Deu 7:7, Deu 10:22, Josh 6:3-4

Source: “Readers’ Problems,” The Testimony, Vol. 8, No. 94, October 1938, p. 440.

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