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Niccole Culver

World Literature I

Professor Walker

March 20, 2007

The Bible and The Koran

A Comparative Analysis

Christianity and Islam have several similar aspects. Both religions praise the same God, although they each have a different given name. Muslims refer to their god as Allah, and Christians simply refer to their god as God. Both religions are monotheistic, and both even have a set of religious laws that all who are righteous abide by. Muslims follow the Five Pillars of Islam, while Christians follow the Ten Commandments. Both religions even have their own religious texts: The Bible and The Koran. Christian missionaries declare that The Bible consists of true narratives based on actual revelations, and establish that the Prophet Muhammad is an imposter. However, it is extremely possible that The Bible is nothing more than a book of plagiarized stories taken from various ancient texts. The Koran seems to correct mistakes in the Bible and make true of its falseness, gives the true version of what really happened in the stories of Joseph, Noah, and Jesus.

In The Bible, the story of Joseph is a tale about a seventeen year old young man who was the oldest of his fathers' sons. He was also his father's favorite son. Joseph often had dreams which showed him as being a savior for his people. For this reason, he was sold into slavery by his own envious brothers. Joseph went on to make a better life for himself in Egypt, but it was not long before he was thrown into prison after being

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falsely accused. While in prison, Joseph became a dream interpreter, and eventually earned himself a position as the Pharaoh's advisor.

The story of Joseph in The Bible is almost the same in The Koran up until this point. In The Bible, after becoming a dream interpreter, Joseph became the leader of the Egyptian people. However, in Islam and Christianity Conflict or Conciliation: A Comparative And Textual Analysis of the Koran and the Bible, Muhammad Asadi argues that in The Koran, Joseph never became the leader of the Egyptians or any one else. Asadi also stated The Koran eliminated all claims of Joseph being a Hebrew which appeals on a universal level which was intended to bring all humans to the straight path with God. By not naming any of Joseph's brothers, The Koran focused solely on Joseph, and his faith. The Koran established Joseph as a prophet who exemplified the test of one's true faith. Yet, in "Genesis" Joseph played a crucial role in the heroic magnitude of Christianity, and structure of The Bible. Still Joseph's story in The Bible is nothing more than a tale of forgiveness, or reconciliation.

In The Koran, Noah is the first of many important prophets. The Koran gave emphasis to the prophetic aspect of Noah's tasks given to him by God. In short, Noah's mission as a prophet was to inform the wrongdoers, and to convince them to submit to God. If they refused to do so, Noah threatened them with anguish and suffering. Regardless, the wrongdoers rejected his warning and shrugged off his threats. Consequently, it became evident to Noah that his people would never take note of his word of warning. It was then that Noah ordered down God's destruction of all who did not take heed to his forewarning.

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An important detail which is explained only in The Koran is that God acknowledged faith over blood. An example of this is Noah's sons' refusal to

enter the ark because they did not believe in their father's prophecy. Eventually, the flood killed Noah's sons, as well as, the rest of the unbelievers. Given that God promised Noah that no one in his family would suffer in the flood, he asked why he killed his sons. God answered Noah by basically saying that faith is a stronger bond than blood. In "The Bible" in The Norton Anthology of World Literature, Sarah Lawall proposed that

since Noah's sons did not have faith in God or their father's prediction, their lives were not spared.

The story of Noah does not focus on his prophetic role in The Bible. Instead, it gives dramatic details of the ark itself, and the salvation of living things. Contrary to The Koran, although he was a man who walked with God, Noah was not a prophet. In The Koran, Noah's sons were unbelievers, but The Bible portrayed them differently. In fact, all three of Noah's sons entered the ark along with their wives. It was they, along with Noah and his wife, who Christians claim replenished the earth after the flood. It is hard to believe that only eight people could replenish the entire earth.

Another distinct difference between the stories of Noah in The Bible in and in The Koran is that the Bible speaks of the mixing of races that took place between the sons of God, and the daughters of man. This was supposedly a very important factor that led to the flood. The Koran, on the other hand, never mentions anything about race mixing, and according to the creator of "The Bile of The Koran," Savasan Yurtsever, there was no

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race mixing at all. In fact, the only reason the flood took place was to punish those who ignored Noah's prophecy.

Lastly, Noah's curse is explained in complete detail in the Bile. The Koran, however, says nothing about any such curse. It is also a claim in The Bible that the "Mountains of Ararat" as the resting site of Noah's ark. Conversely, "Al-Judi" is where Noah's ark can be found according to The Koran. In short, the Prophet Noah was given commandments by God just as the Prophet Muhammad was after him. Christians argue that the reason for similarities between the two stories is because they both were received from the same messenger: God. However, it is hard to believe that if that if The Koran and The Bible had no similarities in the story of Noah they would accept it. Since some of the concepts in The Koran are not similar to earlier revelations, Christians

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