Bible versus Quran: 1000+ Differences & Contradictions
18 Sept. 2012
The Bible: Its Divergences from the Quran and Islam
The writer here is unknown. It is written years after Joshua, but there are indications for that the writer was an old man who in his youth took part in the first invasion into Canaan under Joshua. This invasion may have taken place around or shortly after 1195 BC. If the indication is correct, then the book may have been written around 1150 BC - one of the oldest books in the Bible in case. It at least is written before the reign of King David which started around 1012 BC (beware that the sources differ some both about which year David came to power and when he died) Also Jos. 6/25 indicates that Rehab was still alive when the book of Joshua was written.
We may add that if around 1150 BC is correct, this is around the times of the first alphabets (the Phoenician is the oldest one), but that the Sumerians did write (cuneiform scripture on clay tablets - writing with symbols, not with real letters) from around 2700 BC - the start of written history in the area. Also Egyptian hieroglyphs (a different set of symbols) - which the old Israelites/Jews of that time for very good reasons may have known - are much older than the oldest alphabets.
#001 Jos. 1/1: "- - - the Lord (Yahweh*) said - - -". All places in the Bible it is made clear that it is Yahweh who makes things happen, and not other gods like f.x. Allah. This is so obvious that we comment on it just a few times.
##002 Jos. 3/13: "- - -(Yahweh is*) the Lord the Lord of all the earth - - -". Islam and its Muslims like to claim that Jesus and his god Yahweh only was for the Jews. This sentence is one of the proofs for that the Bible - also in OT - means something else.
003 Jos. 8/27: "But Israel did carry off for themselves the livestock and plunder of this city, as the Lord (Yahweh*) had instructed Joshua". Yahweh instructed - here and other places in OT - that plunder taken in war belonged to the ones who took it. Allah instructed that 20% of the plunder was for the religion - 100% if the victims gave in without a fight. One more strong indication for that Yahweh and Allah were not the same god - if they were, the rules had been at least similar.
004 Jos. 8/30: "Then Joshua built on Mount Ebal an altar to the Lord, the God of Israel (Yahweh*) - - -". The Bible continues to mention the special or symbolic things the Israelites built - here an altar. But nowhere - not one place - in the entire Bible is there mentioned even one word about anyone building what Islam claims is the most central of all religious buildings: Kabah in Mecca. And remember this was written a thousand years before Muhammad, and thus before there was any reason to falsify him or Arabia out of the Bible (in addition to that both science and Islam - not from free will - strongly have proved that the Bible is not falsified).
As for the probability for that Abraham built the Kabah (claims about that Adam and later Noah built earlier versions, we do not bother to comment on); take a look on what the Bible mentions of "buildings" up to long after the Jews had finished being just primitive nomads (and f.x. Solomon built his temple). F.x.: 1. Mos. 12/7 - 12/8 - 13/18 - 23/19a - 26/25 - 33/20, 2. Mos. 25/29 - 32/5, Jos. 8/30 - 22/10, Jud. 6/24, 2. Sam. 24/25. Not one single permanent house is mentioned at all. A big stone temple/mosque had been such an outstanding deed, and of such an outstanding religious value that there is no chance that it had been omitted from the texts if it had been true.
005 Jos. 15/2-4: "Their (Judah's*) southern boundary started from the bay at the southern end of the Salt Sea (= the Dead Sea*), crossed south of the Scorpion Pass , continued on to (the desert of*) Zin and went over to the south of Kadesh Barnea. Then ran past Hebron up to Addar and curved around to Karka. It then passed along to Azmon and joined the Wadi of Egypt, ending at the sea". In short: It ran from the southern end of the Dead Sea westwards to the Mediterranean Sea. The interesting point here is Kadesh Barnea - it clearly lies between the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean = west of the Dead Sea. You may meet Muslims claiming Kadesh Barnea means Petra in Jordan, and that Moses and his Israelites spent long time there. But Petra (today a famous ghost town) as said lies in today's Jordan and far to the east of the Dead Sea.
006 Jos. 20/2: "Tell the Israelites to designate the cities of refuge (towns to where persons who had killed somebody by accident and not by intention, could flee and be safe from revenge from the family of the dead one*) - - -". There is no such rules or towns ordered in the Quran - a clear indication for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god (f.x. their rules - like here - are too different).
007 Jos. 22/10: "- - - (they*) built an imposing altar - - -". The Kabah in Mecca had been much more imposing, but it is nowhere in the Bible mentioned that anyone related to the Jews (f.x. Abraham - or for that case his son Ishmael*) was ever involved in the building of that one. also see Jos. 8/30 above.
As for the probability for that Abraham built the Kabah (claims about that Adam and later Noah built earlier versions, we do not bother to comment on); take a look on what the Bible mentions of "buildings" up to long after the Jews had finished being just primitive nomads (and f.x. Solomon built his temple). F.x.: 1. Mos. 12/7 - 12/8 - 13/18 - 23/19a - 26/25 - 33/20, 2. Mos. 25/29 - 32/5, Jos. 8/30 - 22/10, Jud. 6/24, 2. Sam. 24/25. Not one single permanent house is mentioned at all. A big stone temple/mosque had been such an outstanding deed, and of such an outstanding religious value that there is no chance that it had been omitted in the texts if it had been true.
008 Jos. 22/23: "- - - built - - - altar - - -". See Jos. 22/10 just above.
009 Jos. 22/26: "- - - build an altar - - -". See Jos. 22/10 above.
010 Jos. 22/29: "- - - by building an altar - - -". See Jos. 22/10 above.
011 Jos. 23/6a: "- - - be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, without turning aside to the right or the left". It is very clear that Muslims do not follow all this laws, and also that they far from follow all the changes Jesus made in those laws. This in spite of that they claim Yahweh just is another name for Allah - and thus that the laws should be identical or at least very similar in the Bible and in the Quran. A strong indication - or a proof - for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god.
012 Jos. 23/6b: "- - - the Book of the Law of Moses - - -". The Quran indicates that Moses got a book similar to the Quran from his god. Here only is mentioned the Book of the Law of Moses - also called the Book of Covenance (later parts of the 5 Books of Moses). Neither here nor anywhere else in the Bible it is indicated that Moses got any other kind of book from Yahweh (and it is made very clear in the Bible that the law only was dictated to Moses - he afterwards wrote the book himself). There is no trace of anything similar to the Quran (later falsified to become the falsified Bible according to the Quran!).
013 Jos. 24/2: "- - - Terah, the father of Abraham - - -". Abraham's father is given another name in the Quran: Azar. From where did Muhammad get that name as the Bible was the only source for information about Abraham? (Remember: All the mistakes etc. in the Quran prove 110% that the book is from no omniscient god.)
014 Jos. 24/16: "Far be it from us (the Jews*) to forsake the Lord (Yahweh*) to serve other gods!" Things and thoughts like this were behind the Jews' refusals to accept Muhammad, not minor facts like that he was not a Jew, like the Quran and Islam like to claim. He simply preached a new religion so far from the Jewish scriptures, that the Jews found he could not be talking about their Yahweh, but about another god - or a made up god. (But for Muhammad it was more wise to claim they did not believe him because he was not a Jew (and like always he did not prove his central claims) - he had to explain things away in order to save his religion (and his own position of power).
015 Jos. 24/19: "- - - sins". Remember that there may be big differences between what Yahweh reckons to be a sin and what Allah reckons to be such - one of the strong proofs for that Yahweh and Allah are not the same god.
Subtotal: 15 + 375 = 390 remarks.
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