I've mentioned that I have a friend who claims to be agnostic, though he seems to enjoy engaging with me in conversations about Christianity. Here are a couple of questions he raised with me yesterday. If the Bible is inerrant, infallible, essentially "perfect" and breathed by God, then please explain the following: 1. Acts 7:14 reports that 75 members of the house of Jacob went down to Egypt during Josephs time because of the famine. Genesis 46:27, however, says that 70members went down. Personally, I think that is nitpicking, but it is a discrepancy. 2, How do you explain the three missing names in the genealogy from David to Azariah found in I Chronicles and Matthew. I Chronicles says that Ahaziah was the son of Joram. Matthew says that Azariah was the son of Joram, who is listed in Chronicles as Joram's great-great grandson. 3. Genesis 35:16-19 says that Benjamin, Rachel's and Jacob's youngest son, was born in Bethlehem, or where Bethlehem would eventually be located, in Israel. But Genesis 35:23-26 says that Jacob's sons were born in Paddan Aram, which is in Syria. 4. Matthew 3:13-15 and Mark 1:9 both report that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Luke, however, 3:18-21, reports the baptism of Jesus took place after John was put in prison by Herod. John does not report the baptism of Jesus at all. I think #4 is just a matter of the way the passage is being written. Luke recounts that John eventually was put in prison, then goes back to the baptizing event. However, the other two clearly say that John did the baptism, and Luke doesn't actually say that. 5. Ezra 2 and Nehemiah 7 both list the number of returnees in each clan of Israel that returned from the Babylonian exile. The numbers in Ezra do not match the numbers in Nehemiah. Look at the clans--Arah, Bebai, Pahath Moab, Zattu, Azgad, Adonikam, Adin, Bigvai, Bezai and Hashum. Look at the numbers. Recording discrepancies? Women counted in some but not others? Only adults in one children in the other? I have my pastor working on these as well. I'll meet with my friend again on Monday or Tuesday of next week. If anyone has any answers or explanations, I would appreciate it very much.