Bible Contradictions #19: Who was Heman’s father?

Bible contradictions 19

Heman is not an extraordinary character in the bible. He appears to be nothing more than a struggling street musician who penned a depressingly dark one hit wonder called Psalm 88. Indeed, Heman is quite obscure. A quick look to BibleGateway shows Heman only being mentioned 16 times between four books (including his own).

So obscure is Heman that it should come as no surprise that the bible can’t keep track of who his father is. In 1 Kings 4:31 his father is Mahol. In 1 Chronicles 2:6 it’s Zerah. And finally, in 1 Chronicles 6:33 and 1 Chronicles 15:17 (the same book in which Zerah’s mentioned) daddy becomes Joel.

The editors of the bible must not have thought very highly of the bible if they didn’t bother to check this stuff.

This contradiction also appears in my video:


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4 Responses to Bible Contradictions #19: Who was Heman’s father?

  1. Pingback: Bible Contradictions #53: Who was Kish’s father? | The Atheist Papers

  2. David says:

    Bible Contradictions #19 is finally finished. Sorry my computer busted, been in repair for some time now. Hopefully it will be fixed and ill be pumping these out quicker again.

    Rayan, you haven’t responded to any of them 😥 That makes me a sad panda

    Seriously though, any of these responses help clarify for you that they may not be a contradiction? Any who, take it easy man.

    • Rayan Zehn says:

      David, I just logged into my email and saw this. Unfortunately for this page I’m currently working on my dissertation and have very little time for blogging, entertainment, and/or intellectual pursuits outside of the diss. Looking at my page I haven’t even updated since early June! I hope you’ll be extraordinarily patient with me. I’ve dedicated a decade so far to my education and I’m almost finished. Unfortunately finishing means abandoning (for now) things that bring me enjoyment.

      • David says:

        Totally understand man. Education is good. Friendly debates can always wait. I mean, I am not trying to get you into a debate, just saying that’s what I enjoy, apologetics, hence why I am doing what I am doing. I just hope someday to hear back some of your thoughts, which I promises if you don’t want a debate, I won’t, just would love to see if any of my responses via the ministry videos have changed your thoughts on some of the topics. This one in particular was fun. Loved he-man cartoons as a child, and had all the action figures. Any who, good luck on the dissertation, though in my opinion, those were pretty fun too 😉


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