Answering The Atheist
December 19, 2004 / Volume 4, Issue 51
THE ATHEIST'S COMPLAINT:
How much did David pay for the threshing floor? Did he pay fifty shekels of silver (2 Samuel 24:24) or did he pay six hundred shekels of gold (1 Chronicles 21:25)? Is there a contradiction?
According to 2 Samuel 24:24, David paid fifty shekels of silver, and in return received "...the threshing floor and the oxen..." In 1 Chronicles 21, the price paid was not merely for the threshing floor and the oxen, but for "...the place of this threshing floor..." (v 21). David not only bought the threshing floor and the oxen, but the entire property. The fifty shekels of silver was the price paid for the former, the six hundred shekels of gold for the latter.
There is no contradiction.
This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible