A Clear Arabic Quran?

 In his Quran, Muhammad quotes Allah as saying this about his message:

Surah 12:2
Pickthall Lo! We have revealed it, a Lecture in Arabic, that ye may understand.
Hilali-Khan   Verily, We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur'an in order that you may understand.
Sher Ali WE have revealed it - the Qur'an in Arabic - that you may understand.
Palmer Verily, we have revealed it, an Arabic Qur'an; haply ye may understand.
Rodwell An Arabic Koran have we sent it down, that ye might understand it.
  Let us set aside for now the strange use of the word "We" when Allah speaks in the Quran (strange because Muslims say Allah is one and, since they do not believe in the complex unity of the God of the Bible, Muhammad's choice of the word "We" implies that someone other than Allah worked with him in creating and inspiring his Quran).

  In the ayah (verse) above, Allah clearly states that the use of Arabic as the medium for delivery of his revelation to mankind sent down through Muhammad was his choice. It was Allah who decided that Arabic was the best way to communicate the Quran.

  But Egyptian Coptic priest Father Zakaria Botros and other Christian apologists and scholars have cited anomalies that arise from this statement. Fr. Botros notes that Allah appears to have borrowed words from other languages to write his Arabic Quran.

  Here are some examples:

  "Tafaq'a" is a Romanian word which means "intended to do."

  "Al-toar" is a Syrian word which means "the mountain."

  "Al-Raq'im" is a Romanian word which means "the tablet."

  "Senin" is a Hebrew word which means "beautiful."

  "As-Sijjîl" is a Persian word which means "the book." 

  "Al-Istabrek" is a Persian word which means "the thick."

  "Al-Soundos" is an Indian word which means "the thin curtain."

  "Sariah" is a Greek word which means "a small river."

  "Meshkat" is an Ethiopian word which means "a niche in the wall." 

  "Al-Zakât" is a Hebrew word which means "the tax from money."

  The question is, if Allah truly is the Almighty God, then why does the Arabic Quran have Romanian, Syrian, Hebrew, Persian, Indian, Greek, and Ethiopian words mixed into it? 

  Shouldn't the God of all knowledge and wisdom, the Creator of the universe, have a better Arabic vocabulary than mere human beings?

  Did Allah need to borrow these words because there are no mountains, tablets, thin curtains, small rivers, niches in walls or tax in Arabia? Obviously not. 

  It has been sarcastically pointed out that, if Allah didn't know Arabic well enough, then why not choose a language he was more proficient in?

  What explains Allah's weak Arabic vocabulary? But vocabulary is not Allah's only weakness. Below is a link to an article on the grammatical errors in the Arabic Quran.

  Here is one final borrowed word found in the Quran:

  "Injeel" is from the Greek "εὐαγγέλιον," which means "gospel." 

  Today's Muslims like to claim that the lost "Injeel," the mythical Book supposedly given to Islam's Eesa, was written in Jesus' native language of Aramaic. 

  And yet, in his Quran, Muhammad... or rather, Allah himself according to Islamic belief, uses the Greek word for Gospel. Why would Allah do that?

  Clearly it is because even Muslims in Muhammad's day knew that the New Testament had in fact been written in Greek, just as Christians say it was.
  And likely because "Allah" did not expect that Muslims would one day have to make the claims that the "Injeel" had originally been written in Aramaic in a frail attempt to explain away the mess of errors and contradictions Islamic teaching presents to honest and truth-seeking Muslims.

  These proofs alone should cause Muslims to realize that the Quran was not written by God, but by a weak and fallible man (or men, as some scholars are now saying).

  Muslims should heed the words of the Lord Jesus, Who said,

  “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6

Jesus is Lord!

  See also:

  The Foreign Non-Arabic Words of the Quran  


  The Qur'an: Grammatical Errors


  The 99 Names of... Jesus? Part 1


Where Does Jesus Say "I Am God" in the Aramaic Bible?

  It has been pointed out in previous posts that Muslims seem enamored with the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ spoke Aramaic, primarily because they believe it proves that He worshiped their god, Allah. But the similarities between Aramaic, Hebrew and Arabic are only proof that they have the same Semitic roots and not much more.

  But Muslims have not stopped claiming that Jesus never said He was God in the Bible, a fact which has been proven on this blog a (growing) number of times, and so this post is being written. In it we will combine Jesus' pronouncements of His deity with the Muslim love of Aramaic, albeit translated into easily comprehensible English. 

  We will do this simply by quoting the verses in which Jesus unabashedly proclaims that He is God using the translation known as the Aramaic Bible in Plain English.

  Let's begin with the Gospel of Matthew:  

  But Yeshua immediately spoke with them and he said, “Take heart; I AM THE LIVING GOD. Do not be afraid.” Matthew 14:27

  Now from the Gospel of Mark:

  "For they all saw him and they were afraid and immediately he spoke with them and he said to them, “Take heart, I AM THE LIVING GOD; do not be afraid.” Mark 6:50

  "But Yeshua said to him, “I AM THE LIVING GOD, and you shall behold The Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of Heaven.” Mark 14:62

  And from Luke's Gospel:

  "But all of them were saying, “You are therefore the Son of God?” Yeshua said to them, “You are saying that I AM THE LIVING GOD.” Luke 22:70

  And finally, from the Gospel of John the Beloved:

  "Yeshua said to her, “I AM THE LIVING GOD, I who am speaking with you.” John 4:26

  "But Yeshua said to them, “I AM THE LIVING GOD, do not be afraid.” John 6:20 

 “I said to you that you shall die in your sins, for unless you shall believe that I AM THE LIVING GOD, you shall die in your sins.” John 8:24

  "Yeshua said to them: “Timeless truth I speak to you: Before Abraham would exist, I AM THE LIVING GOD.” John 8:58

  “Now I am telling you before it happens, that when it has occurred, you shall believe that I AM THE LIVING GOD.” John 13:19

  "They were saying to him, “Yeshua the Nazarene.” Yeshua said to them, “I AM THE LIVING GOD.” But Yehuda the traitor was also standing with them. And when Yeshua said to them, “I AM THE LIVING GOD”, they went backward and fell to the ground." John 18:5-6

  To those who would ask, "Does Jesus ever say He is God in the Bible?" He Himself says,


  All Bible quotes are from the Aramaic Bible in Plain English.

  See also:

  Where Does Jesus Say, "I Am YHWH (God)" in the Bible?

  To read Matthew 14 and all other quoted verses in the Aramaic Bible in Plain English version:

The Bible Versus Muhammad

  When discussing the Bible with Muslims, Christians quickly discover that one of the problems is the average Muslim's unfamiliarity with the manner in which historical data is collected and verified. They aren't aware that the closer one's source of information is to the events being recorded, the more likely it is to be reliable. 

  This is what we have with the New Testament, which was completed within the lifetimes of many of the original eyewitnesses and therefore could easily have been refuted had there been contradictory evidence. But not only does the Bible have internal confirmation of its facts, it also finds confirmation from secular sources, including those historians call "hostile sources."

  Most Muslims also have problems following the Biblical timeline. This is understandable, of course, since the vast majority of Muhammad's followers have never read the Bible, and since any information they do have has usually come from Muhammad and his Quran. 

   Since most Muslims would benefit from a look at a snippet from the Bible timeline, one has been provided below. 
By this it is hoped that Muslims will see why Jews and Christians find Muhammad's claims so difficult to believe.

  Please note that all dates listed are only approximations. They are not meant to be taken as exact dates:

The Old Testament

Abraham                         lived c. 2085 BC
Isaac                                  born 2066 BC
Jacob                                  born 2006 BC
Joseph in Egypt                           1898 BC
Moses                                 born 1525 BC 
Israel freed from Egypt                1446 BC
David king over all Israel              1003 BC
Solomon is born                            990 BC 
Last prophecy from Malachi            430 BC

The New Testament

      John the Baptist is born                      6 BC

Jesus is born                                     5 BC 
Jesus begins ministry                       27 AD 
Jesus crucified, died, resurrected      30 AD 
Apostles start preaching, healing      30 AD 
Peter preaches to the Gentiles          37 AD
      New Testament complete                90s AD

  All of the above takes place first mostly in Canaan and Egypt, then later, in the Promised Land, Israel. Almost the entire Bible was penned by Jews who were speaking about their own people and their own history. These were generally eyewitnesses to the actual events, or disciples or scribes of eyewitnesses. 
The single exception is the Book of Genesis, which was written by Moses. Genesis begins with the creation of the world and traces events until the death of Joseph, the son of Jacob. 

  If scholars are correct that the physician Luke who wrote the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts was himself a Jew, then not a single author of the 40 who contributed to the Bible was a Gentile.

  Now what about Muhammad? 

     Muhammad                            born 570 AD 

  Muhammad was born in Mecca more than 500 years after Jesus and 1,200 kilometers away from Jerusalem. Muhammad never stepped anywhere near Jerusalem or even near Israel his entire life.

  Obviously, Muhammad was a non-Jew. While Muslims claim Muhammad was descended from the Ishmaelites, as has already been pointed out, not one Bible author was a non-Israelite.

  Neither was Muhammad an eyewitness of any single one of the events written about in the Bible.

  Neither did Muhammad ever meet any of the eyewitnesses. 

  Muhammad never met anyone mentioned in the Bible, or anyone who had anything to do with Bible events: 

  - not Jesus

  - not Jesus' apostles

  - not Jesus' apostles' disciples

  - nor Jesus' apostles' disciples' disciples

  - nor Jesus' apostles' disciples' disciples' disciples 

  - or even their grandchildren. 

  Instead, Muhammad got all of his claimed revelations from someone who he at first thought to be a demon, but later claimed was an angel.

  There are quite a few more contrasts between Muhammad and our Biblical sources:

  - neither Jesus nor the writers of the New Testament ever contradicted the teachings of the Old Testament, while Muhammad's teachings go against both the Old Testament and the New. 

  - both the Old Testament and the New speak of the same God, YHWH, Who is a God of unconditional love, grace and mercy. Muhammad's god is a god of war with a strong hatred for creation. Where the God of the Bible tells mankind to choose life, the god of Muhammad commands his followers to choose death. 

  - Jesus and the the writers of the New Testament repeatedly quote the prophets, prophecies and teachings of the Old Testament, while Muhammad was unaware of what the Bible really teaches.

  - both the Old Testament and the New Testament ultimately point to Jesus, the Son of God and Savior of mankind, while the teachings of Islam point Muslims to a man, Muhammad.

  - no one, neither a Jew nor a Christian, ever confirmed Muhammad to be a prophet of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Worse still, Muhammad came in the name of a god he called "Allah." Had Muhammad truly been sent by God, he would have known that coming to Israel in the name of another god meant instant death for the self-proclaimed messenger.

  - every prophet of God heard directly from YHWH Himself (many even saw Him), while Muhammad only received his revelations from the so-called angel, Jibril. Each one of God's prophets in the Bible knew Him personally and had an intimate relationship with Him. Not so Muhammad, who had to go through an intermediary.

  And while the Bible is known to be historically and geographically accurate, Muhammad makes several historical errors in his Quran. For example:

  - Muhammad claims that Mary, the mother of Jesus, who was born most likely between 30-20BC, was the sister of Aaron, who had lived more than 1,500 years earlier (see date for Moses above)

  - Muhammad claims that the Egyptians were already employing crucifixion during Joseph's time, though crucifixion was not invented until the 6th century BC, or more than 1,000 years later 

  - Muhammad also claims that it was a Samaritan who led the Israelites to worship the golden calf while Moses was on Mt. Sinai with YHWH. But there was no such thing as a Samaritan during Moses' day. They would only begin to exist more than 500 years after Moses' death

  And finally, what could arguably be his most egregious error:

  Muhammad denied the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, a historical fact which not a single reputable scholar today denies. 

  This was no minor oversight. The Law of Moses spoke repeatedly of God's hatred of sin and man's propensity for it. As early as Genesis 3, immediately after man first sinned, YHWH had already outlined His plan to redeem man and restore us to His Paradise.  

  To accomplish this, all of Scripture had pointed to the coming of The Messiah, the Son of God, Who would save mankind from our sins. Jesus was that Messiah, and on the cross He paid the Ultimate Price for the sins of man. 

  When Muhammad denied the crucifixion, he denied the one event that all heaven had been anticipating since the fall of Adam. 

  Muhammad denied the One Who could have saved his soul from eternal torment. He denied and rejected King Yeshua, Whose name means "The Lord Saves," and presented himself as an alternate to the King of kings and the Lord of lords.

  Scripture's warning is clear. 

  Had Muhammad only thought to ask the Christians of his time, they could have read to him the words of the Apostle Paul:

 8 "But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel other than what we have preached to you, a curse be on him! 

 9 As we have said before, I now say again: If anyone preaches to you a gospel contrary to what you received, a curse be on him!" Galatians 1

Jesus is Lord!  

  Bible dates listed above were taken from:


  See also:

  Who Is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? Is It YHWH... or Allah?


  Who is the Prophet of Deuteronomy 18:18-19?


  The God Who Walks the Earth


A Third Look at the HCSB (Holman Christian Standard Bible) Apologetics Study Bible

  It's been several months now since I first laid hands on the HCSB (Holman Christian Standard Bible) Apologetics Study Bible and I have a confession to make... 

  My name is Mari, and I'm a Bible Addict. 

  You know how some people read their Bibles in bed and fall asleep 30 seconds later? 

  Not me. 

  I read the Bible and it wakes me up! 

  I read the Word and my mind starts racing. My heart starts beating faster in anticipation of a new discovery, a new revelation of a truth that's been in this Book for 2,000 years but which I have never grasped before. I had heard that, the more time you spend in the Word, the more you get out of it. Well, now I know that it's true. 

  And that is the addictive part of it. Having your spiritual eyes opened to the truth of God's Word and the reality of His indwelling Presence is an exhilarating and refreshing experience. Hence the desire to keep diving into the Bible for more.

  And this Bible isn't helping my "addiction" any. Not that it's a bad habit to have, of course. If more of us would spend more fruitful time in the Word, this world would be a far better place! Which reminds me that that is one of the goals of this particular Bible: to work on the "more of us" part. 

Holman Christian Standard Bible Apologetics Study Bible

  The apologetics-oriented notes at the bottom of almost every page cover most of the questions Christians hear from not-yet-believers or other students of the Bible and they can become quite engrossing. There is just such a wealth of information that is available to today's Christians that it can all become overwhelming. But the editors of this Study Bible have managed to keep the notes concise, while responding more than adequately to the issue/s raised by the passage or verse.

  Certainly, one can get tempted to depend solely on the notes provided rather than to dig through the text for yourself, but that is where personal study habits and self-discipline kick in. It is so much more rewarding when you take the time to really study the text until you can fully understand why it is the scholars have arrived at their positions. Once you've processed all the particulars, it is more likely to become a part of you than memorizing pat responses. After all, this is not any ordinary book. Not just another piece of literature. 

  There is always so much more to learn, so much more to discover one can only wish that many, many more Christians would get into the Word more. Can this Bible help you do that? Absolutely. But it will also help you to reach others with the Gospel by putting the wisdom of our more apologetically-minded brethren within easy reach. 

  I do have two wishes for this Bible, though. First would be for a red letter version (yes, I know. Lazy me!), and the second would be for input in the notes from some other great and well-respected minds in the world of Christian Apologetics today: Dr. Michael Brown, Dr. James White, Dr. David Wood, Dr. Nabeel Qureshi and Sam Shamoun. Perhaps Holman can consider that for a future version. 

  But wish list aside, this is a great version and an excellent Study Bible. Two thumbs up, Holman and Lifeway! 

Jesus, Sender of the Prophets?

  Another question for Muslims as well as others who deny the Deity of the Christ...

  is it not true that only Almighty God can send prophets?

  In Luke 11, Jesus says:

49 "... the wisdom of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and persecute,’ 

50 so that this generation may be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world— 

51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary." Luke 11

  So, if Jesus isn't God, why does He say... (italics mine) 

  "This is why I am sending you prophets, sages, and scribes. Some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will flog in your synagogues and hound from town to town." Matthew 23:

  If only God can send His Spirit, why does Jesus say... 

  “When the Counselor comes, the One I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father—He will testify about Me." John 15:26 

  If only God can command His angels, why does Jesus say...

  "The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather from His kingdom everything that causes sin and those guilty of lawlessness." Matthew 13:41 

  If only God decides who gets into His heaven, why does Jesus say...

  “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven. On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, drive out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in Your name?’ Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!’" Matthew 7:21-23 


  "He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other." Matthew 24:31 

  If Jesus isn't God, why would demons cry out... 

  “What do You have to do with us, Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?” Matthew 8:29 

  Since only God has the power and authority to send demons to their eternal punishment, there is only one conclusion that can be reached.  

  The answer is inescapable.

Jesus is Lord!

Barnes' Notes on the Bible

"The wisdom of God - By the "wisdom of God," here, is undoubtedly meant the Saviour himself. What he immediately says is not written in the Old Testament. Jesus is called "the word of God" John 1:1, because he is the medium by which God "speaks" or makes his will known. He is called "the wisdom of God," because by him God makes his wisdom known in creation (Colossians 1:13-18 and in redemption 1 Corinthians 1:30." 

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

"49-51. said the wisdom, &c.—a remarkable variation of the words in Mt 23:34, "Behold I SEND." As there seems plainly an allusion to ancient warnings of what God would do with so incorrigible a people, so here Christ, stepping majestically into the place of God, so to speak, says, "Now I am going to carry all that out." Could this be other than the Lord of Israel in the flesh?"

  See also:

  Where Does Jesus Say, "I Am YHWH (God)" in the Bible?

  Where Does Jesus Say, "I Am God. Worship Me?"

Who Is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? Is It YHWH... or Allah?

  Some Muslims claim that their 1,400 year old religion actually dates back to the time of Adam and Eve. They say that Adam was a Muslim, Moses was a Muslim, King David was a Muslim, and as is to be expected, they even claim that Jesus was a Muslim. Yes, the King of the Jews was a Muslim, according to them.

  It is easy enough to disprove this claim using Scriptures that date back to long before Muhammad was even born. And we're not talking mere hundreds of years before he was born, but thousands of years. 

  We have support from archaeology as well. This is the Moabite Stone, also known as the Mesha Stele, dated to around 830 BC:

  The Moabite Stone is the oldest existing record of the name of the God of Israel, which we find inscribed on it:

Line 17   For I had devoted them to destruction for (the god) Ashtar Chemosh. And from there I took the
Line 18   vessels of Yahweh, and I presented them before the face of Chemosh... 
  This is the very same name which God gave to Moses when he asked how God wished to be known among His people. Here are a few verses from each of Moses' 5 books which demonstrate this (text in brackets mine):

Genesis 4:1, Names of God Bible

  Adam made love to his wife Eve. She became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “I have gotten the man that Yahweh promised.”

Genesis 4:26

  A son was born to Seth also, and he named him Enosh. At that time people began to call on the name of Yahweh.

Genesis 12:8

 From there [Abram] moved on to the hill country east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. He built an altar to Yahweh there, and he called on the name of Yahweh.

Genesis 14:22

  But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand in an oath to Yahweh, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth..."

Genesis 21:33

  Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beer-sheba, and there he called on the name of Yahweh, the Everlasting God.

Genesis 26:25

  "So [Isaac] built an altar there, called on the name of Yahweh, and pitched his tent there. Isaac’s slaves also dug a well there."

Genesis 28:13

  Yahweh was standing there beside [Jacob], saying, “I am Yahweh, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your offspring the land that you are now sleeping on."

Exodus 3:15

  God also said to Moses, “Say this to the Israelites: Yahweh, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever; this is how I am to be remembered in every generation."

Leviticus 11:44

  For I am Yahweh your God, so you must consecrate yourselves and be holy because I am holy. You must not defile yourselves by any swarming creature that crawls on the ground.

Numbers 6:23-26

  “Tell Aaron and his sons how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: May Yahweh bless you and protect you; may Yahweh make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; may Yahweh look with favor on you and give you peace."

Deuteronomy 1:21

  "See, the Lord your God has set the land before you. Go up and take possession of it as Yahweh, the God of your fathers, has told you. Do not be afraid or discouraged."

  In Deuteronomy 18, Moses tells of God's promise of One Who would come after him and Who would do mighty miracles as Moses did. One Who would come from among the Israelites. One Who would bring the Word of YHWH God. Moses said:

17 Then the Lord said to me, ‘They have spoken well.

18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. I will put My words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him.

19 I will hold accountable whoever does not listen to My words that he speaks in My name.

  Some 1,400 years later, God sent that Prophet. His name was Yeshua, and He came in the name of Yahweh. Literally.

Jesus said to them,
“I assure you: Before Abraham was, I am.”
John 8:58

  Jesus came in the name of YHWH, the Great I Am, and He brought the salvation promised for all men through His sacrifice on the cross, but God had also warned of punishment for those who claimed to be prophets but who had not been sent by Him.

  He said,

20 But the prophet who dares to speak a message in My name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods—that prophet must die.’ Deuteronomy 18

  Almost 600 years after Jesus, Muhammad came along claiming to be sent by the God of Israel, but not bearing His Name. Had he come to the Israelites during Moses' time, his punishment would have been an instant death sentence for attempting to lead Israel away from their one God, Yahweh, and to the foreign god of the Ka'aba.

  This is why it is so vital that we reach Muslims with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They need to read the Bible for themselves to see that the Name of God is not a compound word which simply means, "the god," but Yahweh, Whose Name bespeaks the immense power, glory and authority that rightfully belongs to God alone. To serve any other than Yahweh means eternal punishment, a fate we would never wish on anyone.

  We have one more hint of the importance of serving the right God. In it we find the divine thread that weaves together God's many thousands of years old plan to save us from our sins. That divine thread is found in yet another name.

  The name of Messiah, YHWH's Anointed One.

  His name is not "Allahshua."

  The name "Jesus" was not chosen at random, no.

  It is "Yeshua" in the original Hebrew, a name chosen to confirm God's Message and His plan for you and me.

  "Yeshua" means...

  "YAHWEH saves!"

Jesus is Lord!  

  See also:

  Where Does Jesus Say, "I Am YHWH (God)" in the Bible?


  Who is the Prophet of Deuteronomy 18:18-19?

  http://apologika.blogspot.com/2014/02/who-is-prophet-of- deuteronomy-1818-19.html

  Where is Jesus Prophetically Named in the Old Testament?


  For more on the Moabite Stone, see:

  Whose Land Is It Anyway? Part 1



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