Who Was King Abijah's Mother, Maacah or Micaiah? 2 Chronicles

Is 2 Chronicles contradictory concerning who King Abijah's mother was? Learn the answer to this alleged contradiction.
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Quick Answer

Micaiah is simply another spelling for Maacah.

The argument

Some argue that the Bible is contradictory concerning who the mother of King Abijah was. 2 Chronicles 11:20 says that King Abijah's mother was Maacah, and 2 Chronicles 13:2 says that King Abijah's mother was Micaiah.

Abijah's mother was Maacah

2 Chronicles 11:20 - After her he took Maacah the daughter of Absalom, who bore him Abijah, Attai, Ziza, and Shelomith.

Abijah's mother was Micaiah

- He reigned for three years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Micaiah the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah. Now there was war between Abijah and Jeroboam.

The solution

There is no contradiction between these verses because, according to Haley's Alleged Discrepancies of the Bible[1] and Achtemeier's Harper Bible Dictionary[2], Maacah and Micaiah are two spellings for the same name.

References

  1. Haley, Alleged Discrepancies of the Bible, p. 317.
  2. Paul J. Achtemeier, Harper’s Bible Dictionary, San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1985.

"I don't buy that explanation"

Some people have trouble accepting possible explanations to alleged contradictions in the Bible, especially ones that they consider a stretch. For example, Dan Barker, president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, says this:

I have received numerous replies from Christians who think that these contradictions are either trivial or easily explained. Yet not a single "explanation" has been convincing.

Fact vs Opinion

The fact is that there are plausible explanations for every alleged contradiction in the Bible. That there is a plausible explanation for an alleged contradiction does not mean that it is definitely the correct explanation for the alleged contradiction.

However, as long as a possible explanation has been suggested, then it has been objectively demonstrated that there is no necessary contradiction regarding the Bible verses and passages brought up.

When people like Dan Barker say that they don't find a particular explanation for a contradiction "convincing," then that is merely their opinion. A plausible explanation has been suggested that eliminates the necessary alleged contradiction. They simply don't like it, which is not at all a relevant argument against the explanation.

Additional Resources

To read more about solutions to Bible contradictions and difficulties, check out Norman Geisler's The Big Book of Bible Difficulties: Clear and Concise Answers from Genesis to Revelation. While we do not agree with some of Geisler's theology, particularly concerning his view of predestination, this book is still an excellent resource. It is thorough and filled with research.

Another book to check out is Tim Chaffey's Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions: Exploring Forty Alleged Contraditions, which also answers many alleged contradictions in the Bible.

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