Did Stephen contradict Moses regarding the number of people who moved to Egypt?
In his great speech, Stephen referred to the number of Jacobís family members that moved down to Egypt as 75 (Acts 7:14). Yet in Genesis 46:27, Moses recorded the number as 70. Critics of the Bible claim to have found a discrepancy. If they would have only studied the matter a little more closely, they would have seen that Moses and Stephen were simply approaching the matter from different perspectives. Genesis 46:26 numbers Jacobís children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as 66. To that number, which does not include Jacobís sonís wives, Moses added Jacob, Joseph, and Josephís two sons to arrive at the number 70. Stephen, on the other hand, did not include Joseph and his wife and two sons since they were already in Egypt and Joseph is mentioned as sending for Jacob and the relatives from Egypt. Stephen names Jacob separately from the 75 relatives. Thus Stephenís number includes the 66 mentioned in Genesis 46:26 plus the nine wives of Jacobís sons (Judahís and Simeonís wives being already deceased). The Bible harmonizes perfectly and there is no discrepancy.
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