Which Came First - The Torah, The First Testament of the Bible, or the Quran?
January 9, 2007 9:56am CST
I have to admit that I do not know the answer. I also wonder if this questions has ever been raised before. What if they all appeared on the scene at the same time? Would it not be that Judiasm, Christiany and Islam are all one and the same, each under a different name? It is an interesting thought because all three are based on one god (small g intended): Jehovah, God, and Allah. Jesus is considered simply a prophet by Jews, Jesus is considered the promised Messiah by Christians, and Mohammed is considered THE prophet of Islamism. Is there, then, any difference among the three? I will refrain from any further comment at this time pending any response that anyone may wish to make.
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24 Jan 07
I have often wondered this myself. I have studied the Christian Bible and I read some of the Quran. From what little I have observed it does appear all three of these religions do follow a similar path. The Christian Bible like you said has been translated a lot over the years and I feel sure there is a lot left out in the translation. I think when you get into any religion, not just these three, you will find each individual person puts there own "spin" (lack of a better word)on their beliefs. I also think any book regardless of which language it is written in can be interpreted in any way the reader feels works for them and their life decisions. This is why there is so much controversary on what each religion really believes.
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26 Jan 07
I couldn't agree with you more. Not only is a lot lost in translations anyone is entitled to read into it what he or she chooses. It is probably true in all three of these Holy Books. However, I feel that more has been lost in the many translations of the Bible. You get a best response and thanks for your input not only because I agree with you but the way you expressed yourself.
9 Jan 07
Well the answer to your original question is that the old tastament was the common thread that bound the Jews of the old world,The christians while composing the Bible took the 1st tastament and then evolved the 2nd .The Holy Quran ofcourse is the latest in these three,so there.
10 Jan 07
But from what I have read and it is not possible to date the three Bibles. The Christian Bible is the one that has been translated by more scholars than the other two. I have seen anything about the translations of the other two and if the translations (intrepretations) have differed greatly over the years. However, some scholars seem to think that some but not all manuscripts of the books of the Hebrew Bible were known in 200 BC. As for the Quran if it were the latest it would seem that it wasn't far behind, especially if it was translated from the original manuscripts which were written in Greek.