isa in Chapter 3

4.1 – 3/45: isa is mentioned as kalimah from him, al-maseeh and wajeehan  (al-maseeh isa ibn maryam)

5.2 – 3/52: isa detects concealment from bani israil and calls them to help Allah.(isa)

6.3 – 3/55: Allah call isa, acts as his completer and carries him to Him.(isa)

7.4 – 3/59: isa is compared to adam, created from dust and given pure being (kun fayakoon) (isa)

8.5 – 3/84: like 2/136, isa is mentioned as part of the criteria of achieving ‘muslimeen lahu’ (becoming agents of wholeness and soundness for the sake of Allah) (isa)

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1 Response to isa in Chapter 3

  1. lambdamoses says:

    I’m actually also writing a commentary, though it’s progressing very slowly and I’m not confident enough to post it online. But here, I’m sharing what I think about Jesus. For a long time, I couldn’t make sense of the characters Zachariah, Mary, and Jesus. But I suddenly found one thing special about them that are not mentioned for other messengers–how special their life cycles are is explicitly stated: giving birth, birth, death, and resurrection, not only in Chapter 3, but also in Chapter 19. So how is the concept “life” defined in the Quran? It involves a biological and spiritual aspect. Another comment on verses about development of the embryo. Some people argue that the Quran is the word of God because those verses are so scientific, while some people argue the contrary by asserting that they’re unscientific. But I think both group made a severe mistake–ignoring the function those embryo verses play and confusing nature of scientific knowledge with that of religious knowledge. I don’t think any verse about nature is aimed at teaching us how to explain nature; this is not how science develops and this doesn’t fit into the context where those verses are mentioned. My understanding of the embryo verses is that we’re dependent on God, thoroughly, inside out, not only with respect to space, but also time, the contingency of our life and existence, and this is much more coherent with the context. Another thing is the definition of concepts like bone and flesh; I think we should rather try to infer the definitions within the Quran and classical Arabic than to impose the definitions from modern Western biology. We might take the definitions in modern biology for granted, but just one example can make you think twice: Think about a different paradigm of biology in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which has concepts like Zang and Fu, often confused with organs in Western biology; Zang and Fu such as lung, heart, spleen, liver, stomach, kidney, in TCM actually mean something somewhat different from the organs with the same names in Western biology, and to understand TCM, you must think about those words as defined in TCM, and using the definitions in Western biology will cause severe misunderstanding. I’m not saying that science is not important, but I would rather use an uncommon argument based on verses about the ship for the importance of science. I can’t comment more than this at present.

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