February 3, 2002 / Volume 2, Issue 5
THE ATHEIST'S COMPLAINT:
How many children did Michal, the daughter of Saul have? 2 Samuel 6:23 says Michal had no children till the day of her death. However, 2 Samuel 21:8 says that she had five sons born to her.
Is there a contradiction?
Before being returned to David (2 Samuel 3:14), Michal gave birth to five sons to Adriel, the son of Brazillai (2 Samuel 21:8). However, on account of her conduct, it appears that the Lord shut up her womb, and she bore no children to David. The writer's comment in 2 Samuel 6:23 would seem specific to her barren nature before David, as the same writer shortly thereafter mentions the five sons bore to Adriel.
There is no contradiction.
This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible