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Answering The Atheist
January 8, 2006 / Volume 6, Issue 2

THE ATHEIST'S COMPLAINT:
How were Abijam and Asa related? 1 Kings 15:8 says Abijam is Asa's father, but 1 Kings 15:1-2, 9-10 indicate that he was his brother (ie. they both had the same mother, Maachah. Is there a contradiction?

RESPONSE:
In the KJV, both verse 2 and verse 10 read, "...his mother's name was Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom." In the NKJV, verse 2 reads, "...His mother's name was Maachah the granddaughter of Abishalom." Verse 10 reads, "...His grandmother's name was Maachah the granddaughter of Abishalom."

The Hebrew word 'em can and is used in a broad sense, just as father ('ab) is used in a general sense at times. The KJV translates literally, the NKJV renders into the English as we would understand it to be.

There is no contradiction.

This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible