...continued from Warning! Offences Unlimited
Because Muhammad is proclaimed to be the natural heir to both the Old and New Testaments - the 'Last Messenger' - the compilers of the Qur'an had to make him acceptable to both Jews and Christians...
The Jews would never be weaned from monotheism so 'there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet' became THE fundamental tenet of Islam.
But how to get the Christians onside? Well...adopt the revered Mary, the 'virgin' mother, for their own!
So, heedless of centuries of separation in time, redactors chose snippets from everywhere - from The Talmud, the Old Testament, various Jewish folktales, and Christian fables such as the "Gospel of the Infancy of Jesus Christ" and the "Gospel of Thomas the Israelite" and created a simply marvellous concoction that brings to mind, even more than the Christian version, my favourite observation - "He that sits in the heavens will laugh, the Lord will have them in derision..." (Psalm 2:4)
Curioser and Curioser
Probably unknown to a large portion of Christianity is that the 'revelations' from Allah were supposedly passed to the prophet through the very same messenger who, according to the New Testament, visited the 'virgin' Mary in Nazareth...yes...the Archangel Gabriel!
to be continued...