For a look of the issue of Pi spoken above above see:
Russel Grigg’s article which looks at 3 possible explanations including the nature of measurment of cubits as well as the issue of the rim of the molten sea being wider (obviously) than the bowl itself.
Also see Does the Bible Give a Wrong Value for Pi? by James Patrick Holding.
We don’t really know which of these is the best explanation but they are all better than the “God doesn’t know the value of Pi” chestnut pushed by skeptics like Fanusi.
My personal belief is that the passage in Kings uses rounded numbers. We all do this with regard to Pi. I can easily prove this to be true: Fanusi, could you please post the value of Pi here on the Rott but please do not round it. Give the precise value of Pi (out to as many decimal places as necessary to do so) and I will accept your assertion that the Bible was wrong to use a rounded value for Pi.]]>