Answering The Atheist
May 1, 2005 / Volume 5, Issue 18
THE ATHEIST'S COMPLAINT:
What tribe was Aijalon from? Joshua 21:23-24 says Dan, while 1 Chronicles 6:66, 69 says Ephraim. Is there a contradiction?
Indeed, in 1 Chronicles 6, the writer fails to distinguish between the cities which were given to the sons of Kohath from the tribe of Ephraim and the tribe of Dan. That doesn't mean that the writer intended to infer that the city of Aijalon belonged to Ephraim. It may simply indicate that the writer expected that his audience had enough knowledge of the region that it would not be necessary to include the description "from the tribe of Dan", as Joshua had formerly done.
There is no contradiction.
This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible