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Ibrahim/Abraham in the Qur'an

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Apr 25, 2021 at 07:59

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>Ishmael born to Abram and Isaac born to Abraham. The Tanach captures that, the Quran does not, unless someone can provide that capture. DNM?

The author of the Qur'an assumes that the reader of the Quran is familiar with Biblical narratives. Examples? The author of the Qur'an does not tell us "Who is Israel?" and "who is the subject of the sacrifice?" In the case of the Quranic Ibrahim/Abraham (Abraham in Surat al-Baqara) he is supposed to be the father of Ismael who in turns is proclaimed as the father of the Arabs.

If your question is about the source of Biblical narratives in the Qur'an? The Qur'an provides clues where it says that Muhammad was accused of being fed information (The Informants of Muhammad) by non Arabic speakers. Were these informants the "Muslim Rabbis" or were these informants Aramaic Christians? We do not know. However, with significant Syriac/Aramaic layer in the Qur'an, the literary source would have been the Syriac/Aramaic Peshitta both OT and NT. This means that the names of the prophets of the OT appear in the Qur'an is their Aramaic/Syriac form of the name/names. And the Quranic Abraham becomes either Ibrahim (with a Ya which could very well be a misread Syriac Alif) or Abraham

For very good reading about the Informants of Muhammad check: "On The Origins of the Informants of the Prophet" by Claude Gilliot

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