August 30, 2007

I finished reading 2 Samuel a few weeks ago and in chapter 21, it said: There was another battle at Gath in which there was a man of large stature with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot–twenty-four in all. He too was one of the Rephaim. And when he insulted Israel, Jonathan, son of David’s brother Shimei, killed him (2Sm21:20-21).  I know that there are instances in the bible where large numbers are used to convey size rather than numerical accuracy.  Thus, I figured that maybe this dude was said to have 24 digits in order to expound on how large he really was.

Then, I came upon this story today:

NEW YORK (AP) – Jeshuah Fuller’s parents expected him to be born with extra fingers. The extra toes, though, were a surprise.

Jeshuah, healthy and weighing 7 pounds, was born in Brooklyn on Tuesday with 12 fingers and 12 toes. His rare condition, called polydactylism, is usually genetic.

His dad was born with an extra finger on his left hand. His mom, Quana Morris, said she’d had an ultrasound image taken during her pregnancy and knew the baby would have extra fingers.

“We were counting them on the sonogram,” she told the Daily News.

She didn’t know he would have 12 toes, she said. He’ll have all the extra digits surgically removed in a couple of weeks, his mom said.

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  1. If the Bible is divinely inspired, why wouldn’t the guy have 24 digits total?  Isn’t that like saying “The Holy Ghost exaggerates”  …?

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