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Muslims need to disconnect their jackhammers

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Sep 23, 2017 at 10:52

Hi, Dhimminomore

The Bible is available in English and Arabic translations; and it is available to Muslims on this very Internet. I found an online Modern Arabic version at:

https://www.stepbible.org/version.jsp?version=NAV

You can probably critique this version yourself. With Arabic, there seem to be several problems:

1. The Muslim holy books are written in an archaic form of Arabic, little understood by Arabs in various countries

2. Vernacular Arabic varies greatly from country to country, so there seems to be no modern international standard.

3. Hebrew and Greek idioms cannot successfully be translated into English, much less Arabic. Often, the best "translations" are paraphrases. These are better than nothing.

I don't know how all these problems can be overcome; but I am convinced that if a Muslim, Arabic-speaking or otherwise, really WANTS to understand the Bible, he can find the resources he needs. Sometimes, it seems that conversations in general with people, whether Muslim or not, is like trying to talk to someone while he's operating a jackhammer. Some day soon, God will sever the air hose to the jackhammer, and they will listen.

I might list a fourth great problem keeping Muslims from reading and understanding the Bible; and that is Jewish and Christian dogma twisting the words to fit their pet doctrines.

In the end, the most easily read "Bible" is a sincerely believing Christian or Jew, who fears God and keeps His commandments. These may be in short supply.

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