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Oliver - of course not

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Submitted by jennifer solis (United States), Mar 19, 2008 at 20:27

But "zazz" does not recognize either the Qur'an or Bible as the "infalliable words of God alone".

While I think he picks on you FAR more than you pick on him or anyone else - you seem to me to be very passionate about your faith, Oliver, nothing wrong with that - I do have a question for you.

What's the difference between the Hebrew and Greek words for God being translated into English as "God", and the Hebrew and Greek words for God being translated into Arabic as "Allah"? What word should be used for God in the Arabic translation of the Greek and Hebrew?

My point is that "god" is an English word used to describe deity in pagan religion, idolatry, etc. But the English translation of the Bible also uses it.

Since the word "Allah" is so thoroughly identified with the religion of Islam and it's scripture, as well as poly-theism before that (various tribes would use the term for their own particularly favored "god" out of the 360 "gods", "Allah" was not always one specific "god"), THAT is reason enough to NOT use it in the Arabic translation of the Bible, in my opinion. Had the translator of the Bible into Arabic during the 9th century not been so intimidated, what would have been wrong with simply adopting the Hebrew or Greek terminology with regards to references to God?

From what I understand, the Arabic translation does differentiate between Christ and God the Father, (although I have to wonder how accurate the whole translation is).

Here's a thought - and an argument, are you listening, zazz -

"God" - with an upper case "G" - is used 4408 times in 3848 verses in the English translation.

"god" - with a lower case "g" - is used 235 times in 205 verses. (NASB)

Does the Arabic translation use "Allah" as well as "allah"?

Just kidding.

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