Tag: Israel

  • “Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi”: Why A Different Yardstick For Muslims?

    In the post-9/11 era the Western media are at the forefront of a highly orchestrated assault against Islam and its people. So, I am not too surprised with the Times Online piece trying to raise storm over some 13th century text that are taught at a Shi’ite religious school in London. The subject in question is najasa or impurity: what makes something impure according to Muhaqqiq al-Hilli, a 13th century Shi’ite scholar. The text says, “The water left over in the container after any type of animal has drunk from it is considered clean and pure apart from the left over of a dog, a pig, and a disbeliever.” So, the Times reporter Sean O’Connell draws the conclusion that Muslim students are “being taught to despise unbelievers as filth”, which becomes the news heading, sure to draw much publicity in UK before the election in May.

  • The Three Different Jesuses

    (I) JESUS IN JUDAISM * LIFE: – Establishing the time of the “Jewish Jesus”: The reference to Jesus in the Talmud is by the title: “Yeshu Ha-Notzri,” but according to Jewish chronology, he lived at the time when Joshua Ben Perakhyah led the Sanhedrincirca 150 BCE; see, for instance, Sanhedrin 107b and, therefore, predated Jesus […]

  • Did Jesus, Mary and Joseph go to Egypt or to Nazareth?

    Did Jesus, Mary and Joseph go to Egypt or to Nazareth?

    In Matthew 2:14, we are told that Joseph took Mary and Jesus to Egypt: “When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt.” Yet in Luke 2:39, they went to Nazareth after Jesus’ birth: “And when they had performed all things according to the law of the […]

  • The Qur’anic Etymologies of ”Nazarene” and ”Gospel” and Their Historical Implications

    Journal of the Society for Qur’anic Studies, Number 1, Volume 1, 2001 The Qur’an and the New Testament agree on a number of issues regarding Jesus Christ. Both books, for instance, stress that Jesus, who is called ” ‘Isa” in the Qur’an, was conceived miraculously by his mother Mary. He had no father. This is […]

  • Paul’s Dependency on Talmudic Writings: Evidence of New Testament Borrowing

    While Christians would prefer to allude to the notion that Paul, the self-acclaimed “apostle” of Jesus, was “inspired” when he wrote his epistles, the evidences we have researched states otherwise. We have seen how Paul had cited a verse from the “apocryphal books of Elijah” but claimed that he was citing from the book of Isaiah. Apparantly this citing of quotations from apocryphal or Rabbinic writings was not alien to Paul, for in the epistles of Paul, there are abundant signs that he was extremely familiar with Rabbanic material and constantly refers to them. This is not surprising since Paul himself had admitted to familiarity with Jewish traditions under the tutelage of Gamaliel (Acts 22:3).

  • Is Yahweh “Divine Name” For God?

    Is Yahweh “Divine Name” For God?

    When Muslims confront the Christian missionaries with the etymological evidence that the word Allah is indeed related to the word Elohim, the missionaries are very quick to point out that (YHWH) is the “Divine Name” for The Deity that they worship and that since Muslims are not taught about this “Divine Name” of God, it […]

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