ISHMAEL, THE QUR’ĀN, AND THE BIBLE

Keywords: Qur’ān, Ishmael, Documentary Hypothesis, Isaac

Abstract

As opposed to his younger brother Isaac, Ishmael is a relatively minor character in the patriarchal narratives of the Old Testament. Islam, however, which largely adopts the biblical Pentateuch as a holy book of Islam given by God to Musa (Moses), re-interprets Ishmael’s role in one significant event: the offering demanded by God as demonstration of Abraham’s faith. In Islam, Ishmael supplants Isaac as the intended sacrificial lamb. This article examines both the biblical and the Qur’ānic Isaac and Ishmael narratives from the perspective of academic curiosity to determine the grounds for, and the validity of the Islamic claim.

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Published
2019-07-22