The originals were changed. That you don't want to believe it is not my problem. I haven't cut and ran either. There's a whole lot more than any of you will ever know if you stick with your present presuppositions. Based upon the number of people now attacking my arguments, I'd say I'm doing fairly well.<quoted text> You set the rules of what you accept by saying that it is by the Laodicean criteria.
So let's see. You say III & IV Kings were changed to 1 & 2 Samuel. Let's make the comparison and see if that's true.
III Kings 1: 1-4
1 And now David had grown old, and so chilled with age that there was no warming him by heaping coverlets on his bed; 2 so his attendants asked leave of him to go and find a young maid, who should be brought to the court and cherish him by sleeping in his bosom, to give their royal master warmth. 3 And of all the fair maids in Israel they chose out one, Abisag from Sunam, who was brought into the kings presence; 4 a fair maid indeed, who now shared the kings bed and waited on him, yet never did the king mate with her.
1 Samuel 1: 1-4
1 There was a certain man from Ramathaim, a Zuphite[a] from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. 2 He had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none.
3 Year after year this man went up from his town to worship and sacrifice to the Lord Almighty at Shiloh, where Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were priests of the Lord. 4 Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters.
Nope. That's not a match.
IV Kings 1: 1-4
1 It was after Achabs death that the Moabites threw off their allegiance to Israel.
2 It went ill with Ochozias; he had a fall from the window of his upper room at Samaria. And he sent messengers to consult Beelzebub, the god they worship at Accaron, whether he might hope to recover from his sickness. 3 But an angel of the Lord bade Elias go to meet these messengers from Samaria on their way, and ask them, Has Israel no God of its own, that you should go and consult Beelzebub, the god of Accaron? 4 Here, then, is the Lords message to Ochozias, Never shalt thou leave the bed thou liest on; thou art doomed to die. So Elias went on his errand;
2 Samuel: 1-4
Then Hannah prayed and said:
My heart rejoices in the Lord;
in the Lord my horn[a] is lifted high.
My mouth boasts over my enemies,
for I delight in your deliverance.
2 There is no one holy like the Lord;
there is no one besides you;
there is no Rock like our God.
3 Do not keep talking so proudly
or let your mouth speak such arrogance,
for the Lord is a God who knows,
and by him deeds are weighed.
4 The bows of the warriors are broken,
but those who stumbled are armed with strength.
Ooops1 Doesn't seem like IV Kings was changed to 2 Samuel, either.
WN, the comparisons you made in this post are not taking the original name changes into account. I could send you a link that explains it in better detail than I can with the time available to me.(I do have other things to do.) If you're truly interested in it and want to examine it upon it's own merit, I'll be glad to provide it. It basically says the same thing I did even though I see a few shortcomings with my own understanding in light of the material presented on the website.
See? We can both stand to learn something new. Or you can stay stuck where you are in your own presuppositions while I go on to learn new things and actually try to understand them.
Basically, 75% of the time, the evangelical apologist who has personally investigated this beyond the internet is going to be correct in contrast with those who oppose him. I have done my research, and I am satisfied that I will have the truth more often than not.