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Muhammad purchased his access to Jewish scriptures

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Submitted by Henrik Ræder Clausen (Denmark), Oct 5, 2006 at 03:26

"I think the original similarities between the Koran and the Torah stem from the fact that during his travels while he was working as caravan guide for his wife Khadija he used to disucss religion with the Rabiis and learnt much from them about the Torah, the Bible and all the hebrew prophets."

If you go through the Quran and the Hadith, you'll find the source. Muhammad used to pay the Jews to read them their scriptures. When he was broke, revelations came that they should not charge for it :) Being illiterate, he had no way to ascertain that what they read to him was true, and when it didn't fit his purpose, he accused the Jews of corrupting their scripture.

That the Jewish/Christian/Babylonian legends are hopelessly messed up in the Quran is another matter. He was not able to keep chronologies and relations straight, and very obviously forgot what he said last month, coming up with contradictory explanations the next one.

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