Is 1 Kings 7:23 wrong about Pi?

Mathematics are great! Aren’t they? Many people are at the very least somewhat capable of performing mathematics, and there are some very simple things in math, such as multiplication or calculating Pi. We can all calculate for Pi right? The circumference of a circle divided by its diameter? But wait… Can God do math?

Some claim that the Holy Bible does not even get Pi correct, based on 1 Kings 7:23. Now, let us investigate this accusation, as to behold whether or not it holds merit.

[1 Kings 7:23]  He made the cast metal reservoir, 10 cubits from brim to brim, perfectly round. It was 5 cubits high and 30 cubits in circumference.

Now, we all know (or have we already forgotten here??) that if you divide the circumference of any perfect circle by its diameter, you will come up with 3.141596… And so on, otherwise known as pi. However, it seems that the Holy Bible gives us false calculations here! How egregious! The Holy Bible tells us that this object, which is perfectly round, has a circumference of 45 feet and a diameter of 15 feet, but 45/15=3, not 3.14! Therefore, the non-believer will exclaim to their foolish audience, the Holy Bible is in error regarding mathematics.

Hmm… So why is claim false? The trick here is to… Read a few verses on to 1 Kings 7:26.

[1 Kings 7:26]  The reservoir was a handbreadth thick, and its rim was fashioned like the brim of a cup or of a lily blossom. It held 2,000 baths.

The key part of this verse is where we are told its rim (the top of the object) was fashioned like the brim of a cup. In other words, this is what Biblical Scholars believe this object looked like:


As you can see, although the circumference was of a perfect circle, it expanded outwards near the top, like a cup, so the circumference did not correlate with the diameter, meaning the calculation for Pi cannot be applied to this object initially if the diameter was measured from brim to brim. I hope this makes sense to everybody. No error here, the Holy Bible beats off the accuser yet again.


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