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Answering The Atheist
June 9, 2002 / Volume 2, Issue 23

THE ATHEIST'S COMPLAINT:
Where did Uzzah die, at the threshing-floor of Nachon (2 Samuel 6:6) or at the threshing-floor of Chidon (1 Chronicles 13:9)?

RESPONSE:
Let us look at the two passages in question:

2 Samuel 6:6
"And when they came to Nachonís threshing floor, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled."

1 Chronicles 13:9
"And when they came to Chidonís threshing floor, Uzza put out his hand to hold the ark, for the oxen stumbled."

It is not out of the ordinary for a person to have more than one name, and thus also be referred to by various names. For example Moses' father-in-law's name was Jethro (Exodus 3:1), but he was also known as Reuel (Numbers 10:29). Likewise, one of Jesus disciples was named Simon, but also named Peter (Mark 3:16). This one was also known as Cephas (John 1:42). Another spoken of in the New Testament had the name Joses, but was also called Barnabas (Acts 4:36).

My name is William, but some folks call me Stewart (my last name), others call me James (my middle name). All are equally correct. In the case of Nachon, it appears he was also known by the name Chidon.

There is no contradiction.

This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible