|Faith Strengthened||Chapter 63||Part 2|
Acts 7:14-16, "Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls. So Jacob went down into Egypt and died, he and our fathers, and were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor, the father of Sychem."
The many errors put together in so a small compass are sufficiently obvious. In the first place, we know that Jacob's family that came down to Egypt, inclusive of Joseph and his sons, amounted to seventy persons, and not to seventy-five. See Genesis 46:27, and Deuteronomy 10:22.
Secondly, Jacob was not buried in Sychem (Scha-chem), but in the cave of Machpelah, in Hebron.
Thirdly, The "fathers" of the several tribes were not buried in Egypt, Joseph only being buried there, but his remains Moses carried away with him at the time of the departure of the Israelites from Egypt.
Fourthly, Abraham did not buy the cave of Mach-pelah of the children of Emmor (Hamor), the son of Schachem," but of Ephron, the Hittite.
Fifthly, the plot of field, situated near Schachem, was purchased by Jacob, and not by Abraham. The author of the Acts had but a confused idea of the several purchases made by the patriarchs Abraham and Jacob, and his statements respecting them must have been from hearsay.
Sixthly, Schachem (Schechem, Sychem) was the son, and not the father of Emmor (Hamor).