Did Michal have any children?

Contradiction #4

Did Michal daughter of King Saul have any children?

Even though this is a minor contradiction, it stirs me up because of what happens in 2 Samuel 1-8.  Yet that is another topic for another post.

In 2 Samuel 6:23 “Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.

But in 2 Samuel 21:8 “…and the five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul…

So this is an apparent Contradiction.  However there are two running theorys on this alleged contradiction.

The first is the complete context of 2 Samuel 21:8 in KJV “…and the five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul, whom she brought up for Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite…”  The KJV uses the word brought up, so this will imply that Michal daughter of Saul adopted the five sons of Adriel who was married to her sister Merab also daughter of Saul.  This interpretation would then take alot of assumptions.

1. That both Adriel and Merab had both died.  (The bible does not tell us when they died.)

2. That both Adriel and Merab would have both died when the children were VERY young. (Because if so she would have had to raisedand adopted the five boys from a very young, for them to be-considered her sons, instead of her nephews.) * Which I don’t think was a common practice in the Israelite Culture.

3.  And that all other English bibles prior to and after the KJV bible are all absolutely wrong.  (Which I highly doubt, consider the KJV is not even the first English bible, and there have been several errors in the KJV over the centuries.  Because all the other versions read i.e. NIV, NLT, NASB, ESV, YLT say either bore or born.  And you would also have to assume the KJV is more accurate than the original greek septugaint, because in the original greek {yalad}  it translates to bear, born, or bring forth.)

The second theory on the alleged contradiction can be explained using the Adam Clark Commentary.  http://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/cmt/clarke/sa2021.htm  Clark like many other theologian believe that this is typo, and was meant to say Merab daughter of Saul.  Which he backs up with scripture 1 Samuel 18:9, and references to other manuscripts that have Merab instead of Michal.  And that this was a typo by a scribe who was copying the bible.

The latter theory makes more logical sense.  Yet if true, this still causes the bible to have error and needs to be fixed.  I don’t really consider the first theory because it take too many assumptions and steps to follow the path of LOGIC.

About M. Rodriguez

When I first received Christ salvation, I made it a priority to read the whole bible and I did. But it was the Bible that made me question my faith. For I found it flawed and lacking. Due to this I launched a personal inquiry/investigation into my faith, and ultimately realized that the Christian God of the Bible was indeed man-made. Now I Blog about those findings and life after Christ.
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3 Responses to Did Michal have any children?

  1. Ryan says:

    You might want to cross check this information, it might not all be factual (since this is the internet).

    with these links: its the actual study that matters, and not the way the information is presented:




  2. I actually did cross check this information and i’ve used different translations and different commentaries. That why I put up the comment put the section-bullet number #3. Because I actually think the error is really in translation, because only the KJV & NKJV have the error. All other modern translations don’t have that error.

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