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Tovey: Aramaic the mother "Lishon" (Tongue), St Ephraim, the Qur'an is a lectionary?

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Aug 20, 2020 at 18:02

You wrote:

>The written record of all the fallen dynasties all around the world. Language develops the theme. Understanding Arabic as a successor language to Aramaic helped.

Or: "Religions don't spring fully fledged from the heads of prophets, old civilizations are not conjured away"
-Patricia Crone. It is all about continuity.

So who are the authors of the Qur'an? We don't know but the name of the book al-Qur'an is really the clue as you shall see from this old post of mine:

Why would it be called al-Qur'an which is not an Arabic word because if the word Qur'an really means reading/recitation (ref: Q96:1) then it should not be called القران or al-Qur'an and it should be called القراءة or al-Qira'a and here is Ibn Manzur's Lisan al-Arab and the word al-Qur'an

http://wiki.dorar-aliraq.net/lisan-alarab/%D9%82%D8%B1%D8%A3

Why would the author of the Qur'an select a Syriac word ܩܪܝܢܐ or Qeryana we will never know and here is the dictionary meaning of the Syriac word ܩܪܝܢܐ and it means Lectionary

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%DC%A9%DC%AA%DC%9D%DC%A2%DC%90

And here is the meaning of the word Qeryana from the Syriac Peshitta

http://www.dukhrana.com/lexicon/word.php?adr=2:29026&font=Estrangelo+Edessa&size=150

The author of the Qur'an assumed that those reading it must be familiar with the Biblical narratives and the literature of Mesopotamia and the Levant and this is what you will find in a كتاب وعظ or Lectionary.

And more evidence that this very well could be that Islam started as Non Trinitarian Syro-Arabic Christianity in late antiquity. It also means that some of the Quanic material must have pre-dated Muhammad as in the case of the Ahl al-Ayka (also Ahl Layka) tradition and in this case it could be by several hundred years!

It is also interesting to know that the pagans of Mecca were not impressed and called Muhammad's stories: اساطير الاولين or Asateer al-Awaleen or the Fables of the Ancients. They also made fun of him when he told them that Allah revealed to him the story of the 7 sleepers of Ephesus. However, the smart Meccan pagans made fun of him because he was not aware of the details of the story. And this is preserved in the Qur'an

More? Qur'an 46 or Surat al-Ahqaf or سورة الاحقاف and the words بالاحقاف or With al-Ahqaf. The problem is no one has a clue what بالاحقاف means.

Now Gerd Puin believes that the original text of this verse was written in Garshouni (Syriac alphabet used in writing the Arabic text) and here is what the text will be using Syriac alphabet ܒܐܠ ܓܡܩ or ܒܐ ܠܐܥܡܩ and to the untrained eye this could be read as Bi al-Ahqaf when in actual fact in Arabic alphabet it would be بالاعماق or Bi al-A'maq or in the depth and it is a perfect Arabic word and it fits very nicely in the sentence. Why is this important? This example raises more questions than provides answers! Do we really know what the Qur'an is saying? It is also interesting to know that the early Arab mufasereen who more likely that not spoke Arabic and Syriac , had great reverence for the mother langue Syriac/Aramaic, but this reverence for Syriac vanished by the 3rd century and by then the Syriac connection was lost and Bi al-A'maq becomes Bi al-Ahqaf and the meaning is lost.

Last, St Ephraim the Syrian was a prolific writer and we still can read his writings to this day and he wrote in perfect classical Syriac and compare with the Qur'an

https://www.newadvent.org/cathen/05498a.htm

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