Why are there no inscriptions on the Dome of the Rock of Surah 4:157 ?

Here is an article I wrote a couple of years ago at another blog that asks why there are not any inscriptions of Surah 4:157 (the denial that Jesus was crucified and killed) at the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.  After all, the church of the Holy Seplechre nearby was there to show the place where Jesus died and was buried and rose from the dead.  (The empty tomb was probably there, but later Christians build a massive church around the empty tomb – see also here about the Empty Tomb.    It would seem that if Surah 4:157 was true and original with the earliest Qur’an, surely they would inscribe it on the Dome of the Rock, since it was built there as a message to the Christians who come to the church of the Holy Seplechre, right?  Why is there no evidence for the Qur’an of the denial of the crucifixion, at the place of commemorating the crucifixion, burial, and empty tomb/resurrection??


Does this not indicate that the Qur’an went through stages of redaction and editing?

Especially since not one Hadith passage in all six canonical collections of Sunni Hadith mention or comment on Surah 4:157?

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I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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3 Responses to Why are there no inscriptions on the Dome of the Rock of Surah 4:157 ?

  1. Jesus says:

    You raised a good point Ken , sura 4 verse 157 is absent on the Dome of rock . But it does not imply that Quran underwent redaction like the Gospels . There is absolutely no evidence of it .

    NOW EVIDENCE ………Sura 4 verse 157 is found in the following manuscripts dated to 1st and 2nd century hijra

    1) Codex Sana DAM 01-27.1
    2) Codex Wetzstein II 1913
    3) Codex Arabe 328a
    4) Codex Arabe 330g

    Still u vouch for what u said ?

  2. Ken Temple says:

    I don’t know enough about those Codexes and Qur’anic manuscripts to make a comment on those; but I am just asking the question that it would seem that Surah 4:157 should have been inscripted on the Dome of the Rock, since it is close to the place where Jesus was buried, and the empty tomb was; and His burial was a result of His real crucifixion and death.

    Are those codexes affirmed by a wide range of scholarship as perfect and dated to Uthman and the same as Uthman’s text and do they have any textual variants and do they contain Surah 4:157?

    James White and Samuel Green and others have pointed out textual variants. Granted, you don’t have as many textual variants as the NT has, but the NT was written and copied for 300 years during times of persecuation and burning by Romans. The Romans burned a lot of NTs during Decius’ and Valerian’s (250-258 AD) persecutions and Diocletian and Galerius (303-311 AD).

  3. Ken Temple says:

    Also, why no mention of Surah 4:157 in ANY Hadith of six Sunni Collections, 200-250 years after Qur’an?

    interesting indeed!

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