Jesus and Adam
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- Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2008 20:27:14 +0800
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by Gary Miller
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Jesus and Adam
Connecting these ideas and the idea that the Qur'an composed of verses that
are perfected and then expounded for us, consider the verse which says:
"The likeness of Jesus before Allah is as the likeness of Adam." (3:59)
It is very clear that what we have in the statement is an equation. This
verse goes on to explain how that is true because they both came under
unusual circumstances rather than having a mother and a father in the usual
human reproductive way. But more than that, I got to consider the use of the
mention of words.
The words are used clearly enough. Jesus is like Adam and by Jesus and Adam,
we mean those two men. But what about the mention of the words? Was the
author aware of the fact that if we were considering the words as words
themselves, this sentence also read that 'Jesus' is something like 'Adam'.
Well, they are not spelt with the same letters, how can they be alike in
this revelation? The only answer came to me fairly quickly and I took a look
at the index of the Qur'an.
The index of the Qur'an has been made available only since 1945. This book
was the result of years of work by a man and his students who assembled a
book which lists every word in the Qur'an and where it can be found.
So, when we look up the word Isa (Jesus), we find it in the Qur'an
twenty-five times. When we look up Adam, we find it in the Qur'an
twenty-five times. The point is that they are very much alike in this book.
They are equated. So, following up on this idea, I continued to examine the
index looking for every case where something was set up as an equation,
where the likeness of something was said to be the likeness of some other
thing. And in every case, it works. You have to example a verse which reads:
"The likeness of this who reject our signs is as the likeness of the dog."
Well, the phrase is Arabic for 'the people who reject our signs' could be
found in the Qur'an exactly five times. And so is the Arabic word for 'the
dog' (al-kalb). And there are several instances of exactly the same
It was some months after I found this for myself that a friend of mine, who
is continuing this investigation with me, made a suggestion that there are
also some places in the Qur'an where one thing is said to be not like
As soon as he mentioned this up to me, we both went for the index and had a
quick look at several places where on thing is said to be not like another
thing and counted their occurrence in the Qur'an. We were surprise and maybe
should not have been to find that, after all, they do not match up. But an
interesting thing does happen. For example, the Qur'an makes it very clear
in the verse that trade is not like interest. The two words will be found
six times for on and seven for the other. And so it is in every other case.
When one thing is said to be not like another, they over for a difference of
one time. It would be five of one and four of the other, or seven of one and
eight of another.
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