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Song of Solomon 5:16

Song of Solomon 5:16

But perhaps the best example to illustrate the difficulty in exchanging one word for another is found in the Song of Solomon, chapter 5, verse 16. In this passage Muslims claim that the Hebrew word machmad (“altogether lovely”) can be translated “praise” or “Ahmad.” Following is the text of the passage as translated in the Bible (NIV):

 

Song of Solomon 5:16: “His mouth is sweetness itself; he is altogether lovely. This is my lover, this my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.”

Song of Solomon is a poetic love story between the Beloved and her Lover. It is a piece that explores the beauty of a marriage relationship between a king and his wife.

Muslims believe that the adjectival clause “altogether lovely” can be changed to a proper noun, “Muhammad.” The text, they state, should then read, when translated into English:

 

“His mouth is sweetness itself; he is Muhammad. This is my lover, this my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.”

This rendering, however, begs a number of difficult questions according to the context of the entire book.

 

  1. Who are the daughters of Jerusalem? Did Muhammad ever court one of his many wives in Jerusalem? 
  2. If this is Muhammad, which of his wives is speaking? Was Muhammad ever married to a dark woman he wooed from Lebanon? 
  3. Did Muhammad ever claim kingship? 

What, then, is this prophecy saying? The stressed words in the text above are the English renderings of the Hebrew word, machmad. Strong’s concordance defines machmad as: desire, desirable thing, a pleasant thing.

So, can machmad signify Muhammad? Wise men allow that when one verse is in doubt it is justified to explain one passage of the Bible by another. The word machmad appears another twelve times in the Old Testament. Since Muslims are so intent on finding the Arabic name of Muhammad in the Hebrew word machmad, it is important that they remain consistent. Therefore, we have printed three of the twelve prophetic verses below and leave it to you to ascertain whether they fit. (Note: we have been consistent in now translating this word as the long-neglected “proper noun” which Muslims claim it to be.)

 

  1. 1 Kings 20:6
    “Yet I will send my servants to thee tomorrow about this time, and they shall search thy house, and the houses of thy servants; and it shall be, [that] whatever is Muhammad in thy eyes, they shall take [it] in their hand, and carry [it] away.” 
  2. Lamentations 1:11
    “All her people sigh, they seek bread; they have given their Muhammad things for food to relieve the soul: see, O LORD, and consider; for I am become vile.” 
  3. Ezekiel 24:21
    “Speak to the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will profane my sanctuary, the excellence of your strength, the Muhammad of your eyes, and that which your soul pitieth; and your sons and your daughters whom ye have left shall fall by the sword.”

If this mutilation of Scripture seems to you ridiculous, it is meant to be as it shows the quality of the theory behind such an idea. But don’t just take our word for it. Look up the other nine references which employ machmad and see for yourself whether Muhammad would fit. They are: 2 Chronicles 36:19, Isaiah 64:11, Lamentations 1:10, Lamentations 2:4, Ezekiel 24:16, Ezekiel 24:25, Hosea 9:6, Hosea 9:16 and Joel 3:5.

When taken to its logical conclusion it makes a mockery of Hebrew grammar. Why should an adjectival clause be translated a proper noun? Machmad already has a proper noun counterpart, ‘Chemdan’ (or ‘Hemdan’, the eldest son of Dishon of Anah the Horite). If machmad should have been written as a proper noun the author would have written Chemdan.

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August 13, 2012 Posted by | Christianity / God, Understanding Islam | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Questions for Islam to Answer about Bible Corruption

English: Eliseus is a prophet of the Hebrew bible.

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‎”The Islamic Proof Application of Jewish Corruption of the Hebrew Scriptures”
This “Islamic proof” application is based upon the revelation given to Mohammad in Arabic from the Mother Book (Ummul Katib) / The Preserved Tablet (Lawh al Mahfuz) that states, “then altered it (the word of God) after they (the Jews) had understood it, and they know it” – Koran 2:75
Please answer every question with as much detail as possible. All unanswered questions will be considered that you are without historical evidence proof of your believed Jewish corruption claim. Since the Koran is what is in great question here, you as a Muslim must travel outside your Koran so that you may attempt to convince the non-Muslim world better known to you perhaps, as “Dar al-harb”.

1. Please provide in complete detail “all” Hebrew texts that have been altered including all words that have been added to the Hebrew text and “all” words that have been subtracted from the Hebrew text. __________________________________________________________

2. Please provide full complete details of what all portions of the supposedly altered Hebrew text “originally stated” word for word “before” they were supposedly altered. __________________________________________________________

3. Please provide “all” exact dates (in exact calender years) as to “when” each and every altercation of the Hebrew scriptures occurred. _________________________________________________________

4. Please provide “all” exact locations (including the names of cities or nearest city) of “where” each and every altercation of the Hebrew scriptures occurred. _________________________________________________________

5. Please provide a full and complete list of each and every name(s) and title(s) of “all” Jewish persons who were supposedly involved in the altercation of the Hebrew scriptures. _________________________________________________________

6. Please provide a full and complete list of any and “all” ancient “historical sources” that would even remotely suggest that the Hebrew scriptures have been willful and deliberately altered. ________________________________________________________

7. Please explain in full and complete detail “why” 1st. century Isa, so-called prophet of Islam, who stated a lot of negative rebukes towards the Jews of his day, never mentioned the Jews being guilty of altering their scriptures. _________________________________________________________

8. Please explain in full and complete detail “why” every single prophet that prophesied “after” any scripture altercation supposedly occurred, never corrected by the “word of God” that they had, never corrected the Holy Hebrew scriptures. __________________________________________________________

9. Outside the obvious “picking and choosing” of certain Hebrew scriptures that Islam wants to use in order to paint Mohammad into the Hebrew scriptures such as Deuteronomy 18:15, on what non-bias basis causes you to be sure that such scriptures themselves are not altered in like-manner of the ones that you believe are? __________________________________________________________

10. Please explain in full detail “why” you don’t think it’s hypocritical of Islam to claim a Jewish corruption of the Hebrew scriptures of which no name(s) location(s) or years are given as a source, when Uthman (644 – 656 C.E.) had four men rewrite the “Hafsah codex” that caused such a great four-way division that he had all previous versions burned in a place in or near Medina where he died. __________________________________________________________

Note: These simple claim-proving questions shouldn’t be difficult to answer given the fact that the Hebrew Bible is the most widely bought and read book in the history of mankind. Given it’s world-wide popularity it would be impossible for any sufficient change of the context to go unnoticed and unrecorded as was the case when Islamic history recorded a corrupted Koran controversy concerning the caliph Uthman burning earlier versions that differ from today’s accepted Koran. Therefore, any reluctance towards taking such a challenge demonstrates just how weak Islam is when put to the test.

February 8, 2012 Posted by | Christianity / God, Understanding Islam | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

   

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