Exercises – Bouncing Chapter Exercise Pt 6

We revisit our Bouncing Chapter Exercise for a final exercises. In this exercise, we aim to see the treatment of Ch 2 and 3 towards two of the major Quranic personalities: *musa* and *ibrahim*

In Ch 2, the personality *musa* appears by name 13 times. In one particular passage addressed to bani *israil* (2/47-103) , he appears by name 9 times. In Ch 3, he only appears once in 3/84.

In the case of *ibrahim*, in Ch 2 he appears 15 times. However, in the passage 2/122-152, he appears by name 11 times! In Ch 3, *ibrahim* appears by name 7 times.

Let us think about the following points:

1. *musa* appears 9 times in 2/47-103. Why is this the case? What does it say about *musa* and that passage?

2. *ibrahim* appears 11 times in 2/122-152. Again, why is this the case? What does it say about *ibrahim* and also that passage?

3. *musa* only appears once in Ch 3 which is 3/84. For a Reader only familiar with *musa* from Ch 2 (because he read sequentially), what does it say about him in Ch 3? What does it say about Ch 3?

4. *ibrahim*, unlike *musa* appears 7 times in Ch 3. *ibrahim* ‘brackets’ the story of *isa* – he appears both before (3/33) and after it (3/65).  What does this tell us about his role in Ch 3? Also, all 7 verses with his name appears before the calls to believers begin in 3/100). What does this tell us about his role?

Happy contemplating!

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