1 Chronicles 21:15 (KJV) says, “And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was destroying, the LORD beheld, and he repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed, It is enough, stay now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD stood by the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.”
2 Samuel 24:16 (KJV) says, “And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD was by the threshingplace of Araunah the Jebusite.”
So, which was it? Was It Ornan or Araunah Who Owned The Threshingfloor?
The answer: BOTH. Because it was, obviously, the same man. And nothing more needs to be said. There is no evidence to the contrary and plenty of examples of this same “phenomenon” in not only Biblical literature but ALL literature, both ancient and modern.
Do you ONLY go by one name? Have you ONLY gone by one name your whole life? Not even a nickname? If so, you’d be a rare bird.
This author has gone by multiple names for various reasons. My first name is Gregory. But it is rare that anyone calls me that. Most of the time I am known as just “Greg”. But there there is the fact that there were several of us named Greg in the small town I went to. So, while at school and in school functions, I would just be called “Miller” much of the time. That’s my last name.
But you are probably aware of the fact that there are actually MORE “Millers” than there are boys named “Greg”. So, it was only natural that I’d be labelled with other names. And through the years (I won’t explain the reason behind each one), I have been known by the following names and most, if not all, are recorded in writing somewhere in documents: Gregory, Greg, Miller, Andy, Andrew, Fudge…
So, the fact that one account calls the owner of the Threshingfloor Ornan and a totally different author living in a different Kingdom (the North vs. the South) at a different time called that same owner by the name Araunah? That’s supposed to be a “contradiction”?
Nonsense. Only if you’re trying to find reasons to doubt the veracity of the Bible so you can feel comfortable in your sins and delude yourself into thinking that the Bible is false and that there is no “God of the Bible” who will one day judge you for your sins.
John 3:19 (KJV) “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”
Other Double-Named Characters In Scripture
There are other examples of this in the Bible, itself. And these are not contradictions, either. For example, at the Resurrection we see two names mentioned as having seen the Resurrected Jesus.
In the Gospel of John we see this:
John 21:1-2 (KJV) “After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself. There were together Simon Peter, …”
And in Paul’s Gospel declaration in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, he begins listing those who saw the Resurrected Jesus and we see this:
1 Corinthians 15:5 (KJV) “And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:”
So, Jesus was seen by Peter AND by Cephas. So, that’s two eyewitnesses, right? No. Peter and Cephas are the same man.
- Lucifer and Satan
- Jacob and Israel
- Reuel and Jethro (Father of Zipporah, Moses’ First Wife)
- Gideon and Jerubbaal
- Daniel and Belteshazzar
- Hananiah and Shadrach
- Mishael and Meshach
- Azariah and Abed-Nego
- Immanuel and Jesus
- Saul and Paul
- Thomas and Didymus
And there are MANY more examples, but this demonstrates the reality. There is no “contradiction” here.