C  H  R  I  S  T  I  A  N  I  T  Y 
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Part Two

Mohd Amin Yaacob









Contradictions And Errors In The Biblical Text

11.1   Prophet Solomon Died As An Apostate

11.2   Concerning The Number Of Men Of Israel Who Returned From Exile

11.3   The Prophecy Concerning The Coming And Death Of Jesus

11.4   The Genealogy Of Jesus

11.5   The Prophecy In Hosea “I Called My Son Out Of Egypt”  

11.6   Contradiction Between The Saying Of Jesus And John The Baptist

11.7   The Earthquake and the Raising of the Dead at Jesus Crucifixion

11.8   The Second Coming Of Jesus.

11.9   The Prophecy Of Prophet Jeremiah Concerning The Betrayer Of Jesus 








11.9  The Prophecy Of Prophet Jeremiah Concerning The Betrayer Of Jesus


We find written in Matthew 27: 3-10:


“When Judas, who had betrayed him, realized that Jesus had been condemned to die, he was filled with remorse. So he took the thirty pieces of silver back to the leading priests and other leaders. I have sinned, he declared, for I have betrayed an innocent man. Then Judas threw the money onto the floor of the temple and went out and hanged himself…this fulfilled the prophecy of Jeremiah that say, They took the thirty pieces of silver-the price at which he was valued by the people of Israel-and purchased the potter’s field, as the Lord directed.” (NLT)


According to Maulana Rahmatullah al-Kairanawi, the word “Jeremiah” in this verse is one of the well-known mistakes of Matthew’s because this statement cannot be traced to Jeremiah or any other Books of the Old Testament. However, a passage vaguely similar to it is found in the Book of Zechariah 11:13 but there is an obvious difference between the two which makes it difficult to presume that Matthew was quoting it from there. Besides, the text of the Book of Zechariah has no connection with the event described by Matthew.[1] Christian scholars have diverse opinions on this matter. On page 26 on his “Books of Errors” printed in 1841, Ward said:


“Mr Jewel writes in his book that Mark mistakenly wrote Abiathar in place of Abimelech, similarly Matthew mistakenly wrote Jeremiah in place of Zechariah”[2]


Jawad ibn as Sabat wrote in the introduction of “Al-Buraheen as Sabatiah”:


“I asked many missionaries about this verse. Thomas replied that it was a mistake of the copier while Buchanan and others answered that Matthew quoted it simply from his memory without referring to the books…”[3]


The celebrated scholar Horne observed on pages 385 and 386 of the second volume of his commentary printed in 1822:


“This quote is doubtful, because the Book of Jeremiah does not contain it though it is found in the Book of Zechariah 11:13 even if the words of Matthew are different from it. Some scholars think that it is an error of Matthew’s version and the copier wrote Jeremiah instead of Zechariah; or it may be a later addition.”[4]


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[1]           Izharul Haq, Part 3, 103-104

[2]           Izharul Haq, Part 2, 104

[3]           Izharul Haq, Part 3, 105

[4]           Izharul Haq, Part 3, 104