"How many were in Jacob’s family when they came into Egypt?" (Alleged Contradiction #E8078)
Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen  souls.
These be the sons of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob in Padanaram, with his daughter Dinah: all the souls of his sons and his daughters were thirty and three.
All the souls that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came out of his loins, besides Jacob’s sons’ wives, all the souls were threescore and six ; and the sons of Joseph, which were born him in Egypt, were two souls: all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were threescore and ten .
And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls: for Joseph was in Egypt already.
33 is the number of “all the souls of [Jacob’s] sons and his daughters” “which [Leah] bare unto Jacob in Padanaram,” which was earlier than when they came into Egypt (Genesis 46:15). 66 is the number that came into Egypt minus Jacob and his four sons’ wives, as Genesis 46:26-27 clearly states. 70 includes the four wives. 75 includes Jacob himself, Er, Onan, Ephraim, and Mannaseh (“all [Joseph’s] kindred”). 1
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Ruckman, P. S. (1980). Problem Texts. Pensacola, Fla.: Pensacola Bible Institute.
- Ruckman, 1980, p. 25 ↩