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Reader comment on item: Is Allah God? - Continued
in response to reader comment: Nice try, Oliver, but your argument is still full of holes and therefore HIGHLY ERRONEOUS!

Submitted by Oliver (United States), Mar 12, 2008 at 16:58

"الاله

or al-Ilah, becomes the word الله "Allah" when it is elided. Such elision is a common feature of many languages around the world, not just Arabic. So it would appear that the use of the name "ilah" together with the definite article "al", does in fact exist among Christians from BEFORE the advent of Islam. The use of the definite article is definitely an expression of monotheism (as mentioned in the Catholic Encyclopedia Entry that you previously posted), not an expression exclusive to Islam. Why was this done? The answer is simple; the term "the divine" was used to differentiate Christian monotheistic belief to Arab pagan beliefs by CHRISTIAN missionaries."

4) "‘Christian' translations of the ‘Tanakh' (Hebrew) and the ‘New Testament' (Greek) into Arabic, dating from about the 9th century CE, use the word Allah, as opposed to al-ilah (the ‘word' used by pre-Islamic Christian Missionaries to differentiate their god from Allah), in reference to the both the Jewish god and the Christian god, respectively."

"No, the Christian usage of Al-Ilah was not to distinguish it from "Allah","

In your first quote you point out that ‘your' tri-lingual inscription uses the term ‘al-ilah' – NOT the elided term Allah – then you say "Why was this done? The answer is simple; the term "the divine" (I read this as ‘al-ilah' = "the divine") was used to differentiate Christian monotheistic belief to Arab pagan beliefs by CHRISTIAN missionaries."

Now - when I agree with your obvious declaration that ‘al-ilah' was used to differentiate the Christian god from the Arabian god(s) – in particular Allah – what else? – you backpedal with

"No, the Christian usage of Al-Ilah was not to distinguish it from "Allah","

So what I am I to think of your ‘scholarship' – I mean double-talk – now?

You say this is a tri-lingual inscription – I want to ‘see' the Greek for ‘al-ilah' – please.

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