112 - OMISSION EXAMPLE 3: Explanation of this omission - Why did the Koran omit most biblical genealogies?
The Koran in its text has omitted this genealogical list and nearly all other genealogical lists from the Bible. In addition, the Koran has omitted nearly all chronological information from the lives of the biblical personalities, which were taken up in the Koran (like Adam, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David or Christ). Therefore, it is impossible to put together a coherent history of God's dealings with our world on the basis of what is written in the Koran. This is reflected in the frequent and vague koranic expression: “(It was) when …” (in Arabic: “idh”). For example, in Sura Yusuf 12:4 we read: “(It was) when Yusuf said to his father, ‘O my father! (Truly) I have seen (in a dream) eleven stars and the sun and the moon, I saw them prostrating themselves to me.’ ” There is no clear indication in the Koran, when this happened, neither in this verse, nor in its context, nor anywhere else in the Koran. This event is described in the Koran as happening in a historical “fog” as it were (it was then, when …). Other examples of this expression in the Koran are: Suras 15:52 about Abraham, 20:10 about Moses and 3:42 about Mary. The Bible is much clearer on this point: In Genesis 37:3 we read that Joseph was 17 years old, when he had this dream and that Joseph was the second youngest son born of Jacob (Genesis 30:22-24). Also, Jacob (Joseph's father) was born, when his father Isaac was 60 years old (Genesis 25:26) and Isaac was born, when his father Abraham was 100 years old (Genesis 21:5). Finally, the genealogy in Genesis 11:10-26 allows you to date the birth of Abraham to the year 2168 after creation and other chronological information in the Bible allows you to date the same event of Abraham's birth to the year 1951 BC. This means that the one event in the life of Joseph, which in the Koran occurred at some unspecified moment in the past, this same event in the Bible is placed in a clear historical framework that can be dated with respect to the creation of the world in the past or with respect to the new creation in Jesus Christ, which was in the future at the time of Joseph. Many events of the Bible can be located in this manner within a coherent chronology. This, however, is impossible to do in the Koran, because it systematically omitted the genealogies and chronological information from the Bible.
Why did the Koran omit this and other similar genealogies and chronological details, which we find in the Bible? This is difficult to answer. Could it be that the Koran has a completely different teaching about the creation of human beings compared to the Bible? The Koran omitted the first biblical commandment of God to Adam and Eve: “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” (Genesis 1:28) This means that according to the Koran, Allah did not invest Adam and his wife with the power to produce children on their own. In the Koran, Adam did not really become father, when any of his sons were born, because koranically none of them really was a son of Adam. Rather, the Koran extensively teaches that every human being living at any time is a direct creation of Allah. Since on average every second four babies are born in our world today, this means that, according to the Koran, Allah every second is creating four new human beings according to koranic teaching. All the details of the production of a child are direct creation acts of Allah as you can see in the following koranic passage: In Sura al-Waqi'a 56:58-59 -- “58 Did you see, what you ejaculate (as semen in sexual intercourse)? 59 Did you create it (the semen), or are we (i.e. Allah) the creators (of the semen)?” -- Sura al-Mu'minun 23:13-14 -- “13 Then we (i.e. Allah) made him (i.e. man to be) a droplet (of semen) in a safe resting place (i.e. in the womb of a woman), 14 then we created the droplet (of semen) (to be) an (embryonic) appendage, then we created the (embryonic) appendage (to be) a fetus, then we created the fetus (to be) bones, then we covered the bones (with) flesh, then we caused him (i.e. man) to come into being as an additional creation (at his birth). …” -- Such verses are the reason, why the Koran teaches in many places what we find in Sura al-Rum 30:40 -- “Allah (is the one), who created you! …” Verses such as these, and there are quite a number more like them, are the root of the koranic denial of God as Father and of Christ as the Son of God. Since Allah does not allow any human being to be generated by his father, but universally intervenes directly in each fathering act, in each pregnancy and in each birth of a baby as the direct and exclusive creator of that baby, therefore no real fatherhood or sonship is possible in the Koran. So, if the Koran denies that God is Father and that Christ is the unique Son of God, this Muslim book is consistent, because it has changed the biblical teaching on creation in such a way that the very concept of becoming a real father and of becoming a real son has been made impossible. Could this be the deepest reason, why the Koran omitted this and other genealogies from the Bible? If in the Koran no man can become a true father, there is no point in listing the persons, which Allah created one after the other, and it would be a lie to say that they were fathered by their fathers. Also, then it would be a lie in the Koran to say that God is Father and that Christ, the son of Mary, is a Son of God, because there is no true fatherhood and nor real sonship in the Koran. On the other hand, the Bible teaches that the descendants of Adam were NOT creations of God, BUT true sons of Adam their real father. Therefore, the Bible is equally consistent in teaching that Adam and his descendants truly did father their respective sons, which is why you have the biblical genealogies. And therefore, in the Bible calling God Father and Christ the Son of God makes real sense, because the Bible teaches real fatherhood and true sonship. Here you can see the deep disparity between these two worlds. The world set up by the Koran and the world set up by the Bible, these two are deeply, consistently and totally incompatible. You must decide: will you follow Allah and his Koran, or will you follow Yahweh and His Bible? You cannot follow both at the same time, or else you would be mocking and rebelling against both Allah and Yahweh.