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BIK01 - Biblical Investigations of the Koran
A Ministry Course on Biblical Content in the Koran
STAGE 2 - Biblical PASSAGES and Biblical PERSONALITIES in the Koran
UNIT 03 - SURVEY: Biblical PASSAGES in the Koran

055 -- OLD TESTAMENT Part 3 (Writings) in the Koran

This third part of the Bible has 69,019 words, 6,615 verses, 309 chapters in the following 7 books: 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon. Here too the Koran has taken up only very little material from these OT Writings. Here are the details:

INCLUDED: The Koran included from the OT books called “Writings” the following: // only 7 verses on Job (Suras 6:84 -- 21:83+84 -- 38:41-44); // and the fact that Psalms (Zabur and Zubur) came from God (in 11 verses of the Koran: e.g. Zabur of Dawud in Sura 4:163; and Zubur in Sura 26:196). // In addition there are some verses in the Koran that are reminiscent of some statements in the Psalms and Proverbs, even though they are not direct quotations. So, the Koran has less than 50 verses that are rooted in these OT Writings.
OMITTED: Most of the OT material from this third part of the Bible was omitted in the Koran as can already be seen from the fact that the 6,615 verses in this part of the OT have influenced only 50 verses in the Koran. Here are some important examples of what the Koran omitted from this part of the Bible: // the later edition of the history of the people of God as presented in the two books of Chronicles; // most details about the life of Job and the discussions that he had with his friends and with God himself; // not one single Psalm is quoted in the Koran: no Psalm 23 (The Lord is my shepherd), no Psalm 51 (Create in me a clean heart, Oh God!) and no Psalm 103 (Praise the Lord, O my soul, and all that is in me, praise his holy name!); // hardly any traces from the proverbs of Solomon (which only seems to be alluded to in the Koran as al-Hikmat = the Wisdom, e.g. in Sura 2:129); // and no traces about the vanity of life in Ecclesiastes or the erotic poetry in Song of Solomon.

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