Biblical Versions vs. Qur’anic Translations

September 1, 2006 § 2 Comments

Recently in response to a post entitled, “Nicene Creed vs. The Opening (al-Fatiha)” a reader posed an argument in support of the Bible. Comparing its various “versions” to the “translations” of the Qur’an. The reader whose name is Kevyn attempts to explain that the versions of the Bible are simply different translations, like that of the Qur’an when the reader claims,

“There are many versions of the Bible because they are “translations” as much as there are many translations of the Qur’an (pickthall, yusuf ali, and my favourite, the ones from www.free-minds.org who are Qur’an alone or anti-hadith, are merely three of the many existing)….

A translation’s purpose is to clarify in modern idiom that scripture, and with cultural context, one can place an ancient document and translate it thusly for the comprehension of it in the modern world, as long as one is aware of the cultural differences during the time of that Scripture.” (Kevyn, Wa Salaam)

I have written about this previously however, one of our great Muslim scholars, Br. Ahmed Deedat (Rahimullah) has given a very clear explanation on the difference between the “versions” of the Bible and the “translations” of the Qur’an…

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§ 2 Responses to Biblical Versions vs. Qur’anic Translations

  • KJV says:

    The Bible is under attack from all sides. Satan knows it tells the truth about him, the victory that Jesus had at the cross, and what will happen in the future. As such, Satan has and still is making every attempt to destroy the Word of God. What better way to do this, than to change the meaning of the Bible over time with different bible versions; each version as it comes along claiming it is the truth and the most accurate of all the versions up until that point.
    The line must be drawn where we say, “If the King James Bible was good enough for 400 years, then it is still good enough for me.” For by it men and women have been saved and the knowledge of God imparted unto them. When new bible versions come along, they always take something away that is never replaced, only to be lost forever. If you believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, then stand up for it. Take a stand and speak out against these new bible versions. An objection often raised against the “King James Only Crowd” is that people learn something from the other (modern) versions, too, and that some even get saved: but I dare say that this occurs in spite of these errant versions, not because of them!
    The Authorized Version of 1611, or, in other words, the King James Bible, stands alone in its uniqueness, integrity, and fidelity to the truthfulness of God’s Word. Among reasons why this writer holds this conviction is because of the great harm done not only to the Word of God, but the detriment wrought in the local church in its public worship, and, of course, because of the confusion created in countless group and individual Bible studies. After all, it could be said: How do you think your professor would think or feel if all of his students used different textbooks in his class?! In our case, God is our Great Professor! He alone is the one true God, who has walked among us upon this earth and left us the living and enduring legacy of His Word and His Spirit. Until He comes, Amen.

  • Abu Sahajj says:

    “The line must be drawn where we say, “If the King James Bible was good enough for 400 years, then it is still good enough for me.”

    The same could be said of African Slaves… but lets face it, just because we can think it, doesn’t mean its a good idea.

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