Problem: Joel or Vashni was Samuel's firstborn
Verses: 1 Samuel 8:2, 1 Chronicles 6:28; Status: Weak

This is 1 Samuel 8:2:

The name of his [Samuel's] firstborn son was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judges in Beersheba. (ESV)

And this is how the KJV renders 1 Chronicles 6:28:

And the sons of Samuel; the firstborn Vashni, and Abiah. (KJV)

However, modern Bibles are united in declaring this to be a scribal error, and that the original manuscript for Chronicles probably read Joel. Even the NRSV (which seldom tries to hide contradictions) gives this:

The sons of Samuel: Joel his firstborn, the second Abijah. (NRSV)

Updated: 2009-01-18

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