"On what day did the temple burn?" (Alleged Contradiction #E5002)
And in the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month, which is the nineteenth year of king Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, unto Jerusalem: and he burnt the house of the LORD, and the king’s house, and all the houses of Jerusalem, and every great man’s house burnt he with fire.
II Kings 25:8-9
Now in the fifth month, in the tenth day of the month, which was the nineteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, which served the king of Babylon, into Jerusalem, and burned the house of the LORD, and the king’s house; and all the houses of Jerusalem, and all the houses of the great men, burned he with fire:
Perhaps Nebuzaradan left from Babylon to Jerusalem on the seventh day and arrived at Jerusalem on the tenth day. II Kings 25:8-9 says Nebuzaradan came “came…unto Jerusalem” on the seventh day, and Jeremiah 52:12-13 says he came “into Jerusalem.”
- II Kings 25:8-9 merely says that Nebuzaradan came unto Jerusalem on the seventh day, but then puts the burning of the temple in a separate thought. Jeremiah 52:12-13 implies that he burned the temple on the tenth day.
- Fires can take a long time to finish; it may have started on the seventh day and finished on the tenth.
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