Problem: David was or wasn't alone when he took bread
Verses: 1 Samuel 21:1, Mark 2:25-26; Status: Weak

This is 1 Samuel 21:1:

Then David came to Nob to Ahimelech the priest. And Ahimelech came to meet David trembling and said to him, "Why are you alone, and no one with you?" (ESV)

The synoptics (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) all mention this incident. This is Mark 2:25-26:

And he said to them, "Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God, in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?" (ESV)

Unless I'm missing something, this contradiction seems pretty weak. Although Jesus says David's men were with him, that doesn't have to mean they actually went into the temple with him to meet Ahimelech.

There's a seperate issue, namely that Mark names "Abiathar" instead of "Ahimelech". I deal with this elsewhere.

Updated: Summer 2008

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