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Answering The Atheist
September 30, 2007 / Volume 7, Issue 39

Where was Jacob buried? Was it at Machpelah (Genesis 50:13) or was it at Shechem (Acts 7:15-16)? Is there a contradiction?

Jacob was carried from the land of Egypt, and buried at Machpelah, even as Genesis 50:13 indicates. How then can Acts 7:15-16 say that he was buried in Shechem?

Well, it doesn't. Acts 7:15-16 doesn't tell us where Jacob was buried (but Genesis 50:13 does), just that he went down to Egypt and died. Then, of Jacob's children (our fathers), Stephen says they also died, and "...were carried over into Shechem..."

There is no contradiction.

This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible