Did Jesus Make a Mistake?
In Mark’s gospel, Jesus and his disciples are criticized for gleaning grain from a field on the Sabbath. (Mark 2:23-24) In defense of their action, Jesus cites the Old Testament story of David and his men raiding the “Bread of the Presence” from the priest of Nob. In referencing this story Jesus says that the name of the priest in question was Abiathar. But when you actually look at the passage, which appears in 1 Samuel 21, you will see that the priest was actually not Abiathar but rather his father, Ahimelech.
It seems like a small detail, but it’s not. Who made the mistake? Was it Jesus? If so, the mistake raises questions about his alleged omniscience. And even if one buys the theory that Jesus temporarily accepted limits on his omniscience in his earthly existence, one would still expect that a popular rabbi would know the Jewish scriptures better than that.
Or maybe the author of Mark’s gospel made the error, which raises the question: what other mistakes did he make?
This instance is only the tip of the iceberg. The Bible abounds with blatant errors like this, which very few church-going Christians ever bother to ask about.