A literal problem?
This early shit is so interesting to reread, especially because the way I was taught to read it was literal. I was told this entire book was literally true and in errant. Which meant not a word was wrong. But then, you have these sections of text that contradict one another and are never talked about. So, people either ignore them or use them as examples of why the Bible isn’t “true”. Here is an example:
These two verses come about five chapters apart, in the first few pages of the Bible.
I’ll be honest: I don’t know what the fuck they mean. I have no idea if Peleg lived to be 430-years old. I have no idea what to make of them, other than the fact that they come very early on in an ancient text. The first one comes in what I find to be the most intriguing section of the Bible (Gen 6:1-8). The second comes in a lineage after the flood. But what I do know is that these things do contradict one another if the Bible is meant to be inerrant.
So, I think we should throw that away right away. Otherwise, you have to answer student questions like: how do these verses go together without contradicting one another.