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Reader comment on item: If I Forget Thee: Does Jerusalem Really Matter to Islam?
in response to reader comment: Re; The last line of your comment by Caleb

Submitted by Caleb (United States), Apr 26, 2010 at 10:48

No, IsraDane, your figures were right the first time. In fact they were conservative. Forgive the pedantry, but the Egyptian pharaoh who "knew not Joseph" and enslaved the Hebrews is regarded as a reference to the Hyksos. They were a foreign dynasty that ruled lower Egypt around 1550 BCE. That would be over 3500 years ago! The point I was making is that the post-exilic Jews don't "own" Moses, much less the Hebrew Patriarchs of centuries earlier. There just is too much time and distance between them.

I concede Mohammed might have heard of Abraham and Moses from the Jews of Medina. But then, the Moslems also accept Jesus as a prophet. I'm not aware that recognized Moslem religious authorities have ever denied that Rachel's Tomb in Hebron or the Western Wall are holy to the Jews even as they claim there are Moslem holy sites there.


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