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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 07 - INVESTIGATE OMISSIONS: Examples of Biblical Texts on Adam Omitted in the Koran - Analysis, Explanation and Application
101 - Introduction to UNIT 07
In focusing on omissions of biblical material in the Koran it is helpful to distinguish between two types of omissions:
1. Primary omissions
of biblical material from the Koran: these have far reaching consequences in the rest of the Koran and constitute a root of the different worlds that are set up in the Bible and the Koran respectively.
2. Secondary Omissions of biblical material from the Koran: these can often be explained on the basis of previous primary omissions of biblical material in the Koran. Usually they are consequences of the primary omissions.
For each omission we apply the general procedure and follow the three objectives outlined in UNIT 06 above. For the case of omissions this means that we will have to ask questions like the following ones:
1. What is the content and biblical significance of Bible verses omitted in the Koran?
Here you need to examine
in some detail the biblical material that was omitted from the Koran. For this you can analyze
the Bible verses that were omitted, trying to understand
their content in the context of the Bible as a whole. Then in a second step you may need to locate and analyze
the Koran verses that replace or cope with the verses that the Koran omitted from the Bible. Finally, you need to understand
the content of these koranic replacements in view of the Bible but also in view of the overall teaching of the Koran.
2. Why did the Koran omit these Bible verses?
Based on these examinations you then need to elucidate
these omissions of biblical material from the Koran, by trying to explain
the reasons for and consequences from these omissions.
3. What can you do about this in your ministry serving Christ among Muslims? Here you need to assess the result of this comparative analysis and discuss how to use and apply such findings in your Christian ministry in the Muslim world.
Let us now demonstrate how this procedure actually works out. For this we will look in some detail at three examples of what the Koran has omitted from the biblical material on Adam and Eve in Genesis 1 to 5.