Context of Surah 2:79 is 2:78 and 2:75

Muslims charge the Christians and Jews with altering, changing, corrupting the text of the previous Scriptures.  (previous to the Qur’an)  Yet the Qur’an teaches that the previous Scriptures are not corrupted or changed.  (Surah 10:94; 5:46-48; 5:68) See here

One of the main verses Muslims use is Surah 2:79

So woe to those who write the “scripture” with their own hands, then say, “This is from Allah,” in order to exchange it for a small price. Woe to them for what their hands have written and woe to them for what they earn.  Surah 2:79

But they usually fail to note what verses 75 to 78 say, especially verse 75 and 78.

Do you covet [the hope, O believers], that they would believe for you while a party of them used to hear the words of Allah and then distort the Torah after they had understood it while they were knowing? 2:75

And among them are unlettered ones who do not know the Scripture except in wishful thinking, but they are only assuming. 2:78

The immediate context of Surah 2:79 is 2:78:

2:78 shows that this group is:
a. Uneducated / illiterate
b. Don’t know the Scriptures
c. Only going by what they hear (2:75)

so this group of 2:79 are uneducated and illiterate and don’t know the Scriptures and only going by what they hear.

This is seems to be what Muhammad did . . . he is uneducated, just hearing things; and that hearing gets garbled and misunderstood and the result was the Qur’an – a mishmash of oral apocryphal stuff with legends with Jewish Midrash and oral interpretations that are away from a tight textual concentration. No wonder he got the message so so wrong.

You cannot deal with the context of 2:75 and 2:78 and neither did Basam Zawadi.

2:75 and 2:78 provide the context for 2:79

Yes, it is a party, a specific group of Jews that did that. (Surah 2:75)
Not all Jews. We have copies of the OT long before 600 year late Qur’an. So you are wrong.
2:75 and 2:78 provide the context for 2:79

Your arguments are burnt to a crisp and nuked and flayed.

Surah 2:75 – “a party/sect/group from among them” ( the Jews) ” فریق منهم , who used to hear the words of Allah and distort / change (the Torah) after they had understood it.

They distorted the meaning orally, verbally, but not textually.

This goes with Surah 3:78 – منهم لفریقا – “from among them there is a party/group” – a party among them who distort the Scriptures with their tongues.  (ie. they give a wrong oral interpretation of the verse, but it does not affect the written text of the Bible.

See the debating with Muslims here, if you want.

See my earlier articles on this issue.

And another earlier one today here.


About Ken Temple

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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2 Responses to Context of Surah 2:79 is 2:78 and 2:75

  1. Scotttcast says:

    –Your arguments are burnt to a crisp and nuked and flayed.–

    You mean like Uthman did to the copies of the Quran he didn’t like? Bwahaha

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