Skeptics Annotated Bible A Response

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#45 - What was the volume of the molten sea in Solomon's temple

Response by Dave Marr

The skeptic's uncertainty:
2000 baths. "It contained two thousand baths." 1 Kings 7:26
3000 baths. "It received and held three thousand baths." 2 Chronicles 4:5


The reasonable explanation for this is that the molten sea had the capacity to hold 3000 baths(standard of water measurement), but it normally contained 2000 baths. Perhaps at one time, or at certain times it held larger amounts, but it appears that it usually contained 2000.