Ten New Testament Contradictions to the Tanakh (Old Testament).


Center for Tanakh Based Studies

By: William J Jackson

When we read the Tanakh, God clearly states  “…do not add to what I am saying, and do not subtract from it.” – Deuteronomy 4:2.  This maxim is so critical it is echoed throughout Tanakh (Deuteronomy 13:1, Joshua 1:7, Proverbs 30:6). Moses even goes as far as saying that God will be testing us, to ensure that we will follow His Word (Deuteronomy 13:2-6).  Then we have Christianity where the Christian messiah claims “Don’t think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete.” – Matthew 5:17.  Well, as they say, “the proof is in the pudding”.  One should note, in these contradictions, that both add to and subtract from the law, they are not just small infractions.  In many cases they change a whole theological thinking between Tanakh (Old Testament) and New Testament.

  1. Justice:
  1. Circumcision:
  • The circumcision covenant was forever. Gen.17:10-13.
  • The circumcision covenant was of no importance. Gal.6:15.
  1. Priest Rent Clothes:
  1. Sacrifices:
  1. To Defraud:
  • Defraud is not a commandment. Ex.20:3-17.
  • Jesus lists “defraud not” as one of the commandments. Mk.10:19.
  1. Resurrection:
  1. Temptation:
  1. The Righteous:
  1. Anger:
  1. Vows

The one difference between the Tanakh (Old Testament) and New Testament is that the Tanakh doesn’t need the New Testament, whereas the New Testament (NT)needs the Tanakh.  The NT needs the Tanakh to validate its prophecy about their messiah.  It also uses the Torah as a building block, to introduce it’s new theology or, as they call it , new covenant.  But, as warned before, you cannot add to the Tanakh or take away from it.  Even though in a Christian Bible both books are side by side the OT was canonized in the second century CE, whereas the NT was canonized in the fourth century CE.  These are certainly two separate books and as the contradictions point out, two different theologies.  


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