I have recently noticed that a number of websites are making comparisons between the story of the ancestors in Genesis and St. Stephen's discourse in Acts 7 to reach the conclusion that St. Stephen made blatant mistakes when he referred to the Torah.
In Acts, Stephen says: "And Joseph sent and called Jacob his father and all his relatives, seventy-five souls; and Jacob went down into Egypt. And he died, he and our fathers, and they were removed to Shechem and were laid in the tomb that Abraham had bought for a sum of silver from the sons of Hamor in Shechem" (Acts 7:14-16).
However, according to the data in Genesis:
*Jacob's family that came down to Egypt, inclusive of Joseph and his sons, numbered seventy persons, not seventy-five (Genesis 46:27, Exodus 1:5, Deuteronomy 10:22).
*Jacob was not buried in the city of Shechem, but in the cave of Machpelah, which is located in the city of Hebron (Genesis 23:19; 49:29-30; 50:13).
*Abraham did not buy a tomb in Shechem. He bought the cave of Machpelah, which he used as a burial place, and which, as previously stated, is located in the city of Hebron (Genesis 23:19).
*The cave of Machpelah was not bought from the sons of Hamor, but from Ephron the Hittite (Genesis 23:17-18, 50:13).
How should we deal with these claims? Should we conclude that the discrepancies reflect a copyist error? What is the Orthodox approach to this problem?