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Wells' formal training is in botany and mathematics, as he explained "I have a B.S. in Botany and a more than 50 semester hours of graduate credit in Chemistry and Mathematics, with 15 years experience as an industrial statistician." [1] A Bachelor of Science (B.S., B.Sc. ...

• "And the Lord appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre." (Genesis 18:1) Contradicted later: "No man hath seen God at any time." (John 1:18) and "No man hath seen God at any time." (1 John 4:12)
• 2 Science:[3]
• Bible: "So were all those that were numbered of the children of Israel, by the house of their fathers, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war in Israel"(Numbers 1, 1:45) In a later section: "Even all they that were numbered were six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty." (Numbers 1, 1:45)
• Annotated: "Population Explosion! The Israelite population went from seventy (Ex.1:5) to several million (over 600,000 adult males) in about 400 years."
• 3 Impossibilities: [4]
• Bible: "For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man." (Deuteronomy 3, 3:11)
• Annotated: "Og, the king of the giants, was a tall man, even by NBA standards. His bed measured 9 by 4 cubits (13.5 feet long and 6 feet wide)."
• 4 Absurdity [5]
• Bible: "Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones." (Psalm 137, 137:9)
• Annotated: "Happiness is smashing little children against the rocks."
• 5 Violence/Homosexuality:[6]
• Bible: "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them." (Leviticus 20, 20:13)
• Annotated: "If a man has sex with another man, kill them both."
• 6 Women and family values: [7]
• Bible: "And when the days of her purifying are fulfilled, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon, or dove, for a sin offering."(Leviticus 12:6-8)
• Annotated: "After a woman gives birth, a priest must kill a lamb, pigeon, or dove as a sin offering."

Cubit is the name for any one of many units of measure used by various ancient peoples. ...

## Controversy and criticism

Christian fundamentalists who believe in the inerrancy of the Bible have responded with Christian apologetics to rebut the commentary. They have pointed out the fact that Wells has no education in the fields of apologetics, theology, ancient civilizations, or the ancient Greek and Hebrew languages and note that some Bible scholars believe these are required to do Bible exegesis. [8] They've also highlighted the fact that he does not cite scholarly or secondary works. This article concerns the self-labeled Fundamentalist Movement in Protestant Christianity. ... Biblical inerrancy is the belief that the Bible is without error. ... Christian Apologetics is the field of study concerned with the systematic defense (apologetics) of Christianity. ... This article discusses textual hermeneutics. ...

Steve Wells responds by saying education is crucial to seeing the flaws in the Bible, and that he has spent many years studying the Bible. He does not claim any training in exegesis. His criticism targets the King James version of the Bible partly because: It is still the most familiar version and some Christians consider it to be the only "authentic" version. [9]

The SAB provides links to responses by apologists at the bottom of chapter and contradiction pages.

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 What is the Skeptics' Annotated Bible? (562 words) Answer: The Skeptic's Annotated Bible - http://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com/ - is a website dedicated to pointing out all of the supposed errors, contradictions, and discrepancies in the Bible. The Skeptic's Annotated Bible divides the supposed errors into the following categories: injustice, absurdity, cruelty and violence, intolerance, contradictions, family values, women, good stuff, science and history, prophecy, sex, language, interpretation, and homosexuality. A difficult passage in the Bible is meaningless in verifying or rejecting the inspiration of the Bible.
 Skeptic's Annotated Bible Refuted (407 words) SAB is the Internet equivalent to a brick wall scribbled with graffiti, or arguing by saying, "nanny nanny boo boo." It performs (of course!) no analysis of the social background, the literary data, or context. That said, such implied arguments as SAB uses are indeed thoroughly answered on this site and others we link to, but as our time has opened up a bit it is time to get more specific. By estimate perhaps 40-50% of SAB's comments are either "argument by outrage" or places where SAB takes moral offense, usually against a cultural norm.
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