There are many contradictions in the Tanach and in the Torah. We, of Mefachadim, are not disillusioned by believing that the current existing Torah is "flawless" or "God breathed." We are realists and we are trying hard to find the ancient Judaism that existed before the Babylonian captivity. That is not an easy task. However, discovering these contradictions actually helps us find that ancient religion.
We at Mefachadim believe that the Genuine and Real Law of Moshe was lost or destroyed. We have have two theories as to when this might have occurred. The first theory is when the Babylonians came and destroyed the Temple and all of Jerusalem. With that tragic event was the destruction of Judea's libraries or boo houses or scroll houses. Books from the prophets and of everyday life and so forth.
The second theory is that the real law was lost or destroyed somewhere between the years of Ezra 480 BCE and, obviously, sometime before the Greek Septuagint (a Greek copy of the Torah we have today) was made in 285 BCE.
Because of these views or theories, we believe that the ancient Judeans that lived after the time that the real law was destroyed tried to patch it back together by sheer memory and long held traditions or cultural norms. This is why, we feel, our current "Torah" text is loaded with contradictions and some theologies that were not originally Judaic, but were adopted when the Judeans stayed in Babylonia.
Keep in mind that the reasons why the Judeans went into captivity in the first place was because they gotten themselves into polytheism. If you remember, they worshiped many gods several years before Nebuchadnezzar came. Namely after Josiah died. When Yhwh cast them off for their sins they didn't not go to monotheistic culture. They went into a polytheistic culture that had many non-logical myths. Because of this, the Judeans did not get better, they got worse. Don't get us wrong, we do not mean everyone. However, not everyone came back, but only a handful of Judeans came back and only a handful remained faithful to Yhwh while in Babylon. The post-captivity prophets even testify about this.
We feel that the first 11 chapters of Genesis are full of Babylonian myths that were merely kashered in order to make it sound "Jewish." Genesis 1 is an exception, we feel that this is a purely Judaic myth, invented by Jewish elders trying to define the reason behind the existence of the seven day week. They made up, therefore, this complete chapter and how on certain days of creation Yhwh did this or did that. Likewise, Genesis promotes the idea that creation fell around 4174 BCE, which is entirely untrue. However, according to other books of the bible, namely the prophets, it teaches that the heavens and the earth are very ancient. Some books actually flip things around when compared to Genesis. One example is that Genesis 1 promotes that the earth was made first and then on the fourth day all the stars of the universe were made, including the Sun and the moon. Yet, in Job 38:3-7 it says that the hosts were in existence when HaShem laid the earth's foundation, which actually fits better with reality. The prophets also fit better with reality as well for they say that the earth is extremely ancient, though they don't mention how ancient. The Jewish bible does not even mention the dinosaurs and for good reason. The reason for this is because the dinosaurs died out millions of years before man even began to invent the alphabet, let alone the birth of a nation named Israel.
We ought be glad, however, over the things we do have left, because we can use these writings as a whole to figure some things out. For us the books of the prophets are the only things we have left that are directly dictated by HaShem Himself without someone or a group of people trying to figure out what Moses said off of memory.
Now below are some contradictions that will display that the current Torah is not really the genuine "Law of Moses," but the one the elders compiled together off of memory or some possible sources that are now destroyed.
This paper is still in the making, but I thought I would throw this out there. I first published the first 17 contradictions on facebook at this link...
1. Who incited David to count the fighting men of Israel?
(a) God did (2 Samuel 24: 1)
(b) Satan did (I Chronicles 2 1:1)
2. In that count how many fighting men were found in Israel?
(a) Eight hundred thousand (2 Samuel 24:9)
(b) One million, one hundred thousand (I Chronicles 21:5)
3. How old was Ahaziah when he began to rule over Jerusalem?
(a) Twenty-two (2 Kings 8:26)
(b) Forty-two (2 Chronicles 22:2)
4. How old was Jehoiachin when he became king of Jerusalem?
(a) Eighteen (2 Kings 24:8)
(b) Eight (2 Chronicles 36:9)
5. Which Mount did the Yhwh descend on and speak the 10 sayings?
(a) Mt Sinai (Exodus 19:23)
(b) Mt. Horeb (Deut 4:10; MalachI 3:22; 1Ki 8:9; 2Ch 5:10;
Psa 106:19) according to tradition of the Exodus author
Mt. Horeb and Mt. Sinai were two different places, not
the same place… See Ex 17:6-8 and 19:1-2
6. What are the true laws of Shavuot…
(a) one young bullock, two rams, seven lambs
and … (Lev 23:18-19)
(b) Or, two young bullocks, one ram, seven lambs
and …. (Num 28:27)
7. The chief of the mighty men of David lifted up his spear and killed
how many men at one time?
(a) Eight hundred (2 Samuel 23:8)
(b) Three hundred (I Chronicles 11: 11)
8. Did Joshua and the Israelites capture Jerusalem?
(a) Yes (Joshua 10:23, 40)
(b) No (Joshua 15:63)
(c) No, because David captured it (2 Samuel 5)
9. Was Jerusalem ever called Jebus?
(a) Yes, according to two books (Judges 19;
1 Chron 11)
(b) No, according to Genesis 14:18; Psalm 76:2
and Joshua 10:1 and according to archeological
evidence…. here is quote…
The name "Urushalim is first found on Egyptian statues, circa 2500 B.C. "Urushalim", in fact is a word of Canaanite derivation; the prefix "uru", meaning "founded by", and the suffix "salem" or "Shalem," Phoenician Canaanite god… This evidence is reinforced by archaeology and by tablets found in Elba, Syria, dating back to 3000 B.C., on which the god Shalem being venerated in a city called Uruksalem is mentioned. The old name of the city Urushalim figures also in the Egyptian texts called Texts of Proscription of XII dynasty 'ws'mm pronounced in Akkadian language Urushalim city of god.
In the 14th Century B.C., King Abdi Hepa, king of the Phoenician Canaanites, wrote to the Pharaoh Akhnaton and implored him to rid Jerusalem of new invaders. He described a group of people known as the "Habirus", as having already conquered Rushada, and advancing on Jerusalem.
There are tons more of contradictions…. I will give more later
10. Who was Sarah in relation to Terah?
A) Terah’s daughter-in-law (Gen 11:31, “And Terah took…
his daughter-in-law Sarai.”
B) Or, Terah’s daughter (Gen 20:12, “And yet indeed [she is]
my sister; she [is] the daughter of my father, but not the
daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.”)
11. What was the reason for giving the Sabbath AND
What was really said on Mt. Horeb?
a) according to Exodus 20, the Sabbath was given
in remembrance to creation
b) According to Deut 5 the Sabbath was given for a
remembrance to the fact that we were slaves and
were allowed to rest in Egypt.
12. The are no rules about blowing the shofar on the full moon
in all of the Torah, yet we find such a rule in Psalm 81:3-4,
“Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon,
on our feast day. For it is a statute for Israel, a rule of the
God of Jacob.”
This proves that the “real” law was lost.
13. Again, there are no rules in all of the Torah that says one
cannot buy or sell on the New Moons, yet we find the
existence of such a rule in Amos 8 and Nehemiah 10 .
Proving once again that the “real” law was lost.
14. What stock did Yaakov/Jacob come from?
a) According to Genesis 10:22 he came from Aram’s
b) But according to Deut 26:5 he came from Aram.
I favor Aram because an annual ritual is harder to forget than
trying to figure out your lineage of over 1,500 years in the
past, especially when the two men were supposed brothers.
Genesis was written somewhere around 530 BCE or later.
15. Who instituted the laws of the kings?
a) Moses in Deut 17
b) Or, Samuel the seer (1 Sam 8)
Secondly, all the restrictions in Deut 17 are anti-Solomon.
Yet, if these things were soooo forbidden, then why did Yhwh
give Solomon, mega wealth, horses and so forth? Likewise,
David, who gave much, much wealth to Solomon.
16. The Torah says that Moses died at age 120 years old,
yet Psalm 90 is attributed him. In that Psalm in
verse 10 the author is not even 80 years old, that
would be before Moses even became a leader,
according to Exodus. Here is the quote, “The length
of our days is seventy years— or eighty, if we have
17. According to 1 Samuel 9:9 the word “Prophet” was
not used before Samuel the prophet, yet we find
the word “prophet” all through the Torah, indicating
we don’t have the “real” law of Moses.
All will add more later….
These are my studies, no one else’s.