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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

056 -- OLD TESTAMENT Part 4 (Prophets) in the Koran


This fourth part of the Bible and last part of the Old Testament has 85,619 words, 5,490 verses, 251 chapters in the following 17 books: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. This is the part of the Old Testament that has left even less traces in the Koran. Here are the details:

INCLUDED: From all the 16 books of the Old Testament, which are named after a prophet, the Koran has only directly taken up elements from the book of Jonah: 19 verses in Suras 4:161 -- 6:86 -- 10:96-98 -- 21,87+88 -- 37:139-147 -- 68,48-50. All other prophets have left hardly any trace in the Koran, except for some occasional Koran verses, which seem to be reminiscent of some verses in the OT prophetical books.
OMITTED: This means that virtually all the prophecies of the prophets of Israel were omitted in the Koran, because the 5,490 verses in these books have left direct traces only in 17 verses of the Koran, and these traces stem from the short book of Jonah, which in the Old Testament has 73 verses. Here are some examples of what majestic passages in the OT Prophets have been omitted in the Koran: // the visions of God's glory that Isaiah and Ezekiel had; // the prophecies that Isaiah received about the coming Messiah (e.g. Isaiah 52 and 53 about his coming suffering); // the struggle and severe persecution of the young prophet Jeremiah in Jerusalem; // the grand raptures that Ezekiel experienced, being transported in Spirit to Jerusalem even though he was in Babylon; // the faithfulness and godliness of Daniel, whom God saved from the lions' den and the scorching furnace; // the admonitions of Hosea and Micah to uphold justice also towards the poor and week; // Joel's prophecy about the day of the Lord's wrath and of the outpouring of his Spirit; // as well as the visions of Zechariah and the prophecy of Malachi that a prophet like Elijah will come to the people of God (the closing two verses of the Old Testament, which is a prophecy about Christ).

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