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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 09 - INVESTIGATE CHANGES: Examples of Biblical Texts on Adam Changed in the Koran - Analysis, Explanation and Application
09.1 - CHANGE EXAMPLE 1: Adam in the Garden and the interdiction to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:15-17 changed in the Koran)
09.1.5 - Element 5: Interdiction to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil

164 - Element 5: ANALYSIS - How Genesis 2:17a was changed in the Koran


In addition to the differences pointed out so far (in the Bible only Adam is mentioned here, in the Koran Adam and his mate are mentioned here) we first note a similarity here: both the Bible and the Koran relate a prohibition that was given in the garden by God (this is a paraphrase of the Bible in the Koran).

However, the act that was forbidden and the designation of the tree were changed by the Koran:

a) In the Bible, Adam is told not to eat from the tree, while the Koran says that he and his mate should not draw near the tree (this is a transformation of biblical content in the Koran).
b) In the Bible the tree is called “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil”, while in the Koran it is just called “this tree”, as though it were known (this is an omission of biblical content in the Koran). No other reference in the Koran explains, what “this tree” is, with one exception: In Sura 20:120 it is Satan and not Allah, who wants to point out to Adam “the tree of eternity and of a kingdom that will not decay”. Adam and his mate eat of it and their nakedness is revealed to them (Sura 20:121). If you take this koranic verse into consideration, then you have a replacement of biblical content in the Koran: the biblical “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” was replaced in the Koran by a non-biblical “tree of eternity and of a kingdom that will not decay”. The latter may be a corrupted version of what the Bible calls “the tree of life” in Genesis 2:9 and 3:22, where this tree is qualified as imparting the ability to “live forever”. This tree of life, which plays a very important role in the Bible, was totally omitted in the Koran.

Seeing these differences makes it clear how deeply the Koran has changed biblical content when speaking about Adam!

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