Jesus comes into the world: The Word according to Apostle Luke and Muhammad Essay

The coming of Jesus into the world was written and interpreted in different generations and languages.

  Two of the most prominent versions, however, were the ones written by Apostle Luke and Muhammad, which can be read in the Bible and in the Qur’an.SIMILARITIES.  There are three similarities that are evident in the two versions of Luke and Muhammad: First of all, both versions relate that Jesus is not an ordinary man.  Luke tells us that He is the Son of the Most High, while Muhammad tells us that He has a special relationship to the spirit (Luke 1:29-33, Qur’an Sura 19:16-27).  Second is that both scriptures picture Mary as truly humble and obedient to the Lord, considering her answers to the angel.

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  Third and last is that, both proclaims that Jesus would possess great earthly powers in the time to come—either in the form of earthly kingship or by supernatural powers.DIFFERENCES.  However, when it comes to differences, the following are basically evident in the two versions: First of all, Muhammad wrote that Jesus is merely like Adam… not the Son of God but a prophet who can perform miracles.  Second, unlike the way Luke narrated his version, Muhammad points out the ‘femaleness’ of Mary, probably because the culture of Makkah perceives females as way down below the level of the males.  Third, also in the version of Muhammad, Mary replies that she owes her gratitude to the angel and not to the Lord (Sura 19:16-27).  This may reflect the cultural implication that women are less wise and have a tendency to misunderstand things.

Although in Luke’s version, Mary asks the same question, yet the scriptures of Muhammad declares that Mary was close to illiterate—not able to understand what and why things were happening that way.  In the latter portion of Muhammad’s writings, in fact, Mary mumbles a curse during one of her birth pangs.  She was pictured more—not as a holy, unblemished servant of the Lord—but as a human being who was weak in faith, in trust, and in wisdom.  Fourth and final, the version of Muhammad contains additional episodes, such as the appearance of ripe dates.  The Jewish goes for the sanctity of the episode; Islam, on the other hand, would rather focus on the morality of men.Appendix:MARYAM, ‘ISA (JESUS), AND THE SPIRIT (19:16-27)Jesus, along with Muhammad, is singled out in the Qur’an for his special  relationship to the spirit (r?h?). Like Adam, he was brought to life directly  through “inspiriting,” that is, the deity’s breathing into him of the spirit.

He can perform miracles, such as bringing a bird back to life, and is thereby associated also with the life-force itself. The passage selected below shows  how Jesus’ very conception was through the spirit. It also gives one of the  more dramatic and beloved discussions of a female figure in the Qur’an, a figure who was to become a paradigm for female Sufi saints such as Rabi’a.In the passage, the spirit comes to Maryam in the form of a bashar (human  being).

Though the term bashar is not gender-specific, Maryam acts as if it  were a male she was confronting.And recall in the book Maryam, when she withdrew from her people to a place facing the EastAnd veiled herself from them. We sent her our spirit which took on the likeness of a fully formed human being.She said: I take refuge in the Compassionate from you. Would that your intentions were pure!He said: I am only a messenger from your lord, sent to bestow upon you a son without blemish.She said: How can I have a son when no person has touched me and I have not been unchaste?He said: So it is! Your lord said: for me it is easy! We will make it a sign for humankind and a mercy from us—and the matter was decreed.

She conceived him and withdrew to a distant place.The birth pangs drove her to the trunk of a date palm. She said: I wish I were dead and forgotten!A voice called to her from below: Don’t grieve.

Your lord has placed a stream below you.Sway the tree trunk toward you and ripe dates will shower down around.Eat and drink and be comforted. If you meet any human, say: I have consecrated a fast to the compassionate and cannot speak today to any human being.She carried him forth to her people. They said: Maryam, you have brought forth a wonder!Source: Sells, 1996, pp.33-35Book 3 – THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LUKE(Part 1 of 3, chapters 1-8)Click here for Brief Introduction to LukeCHAPTER 1A vision comes to a young woman in Nazareth1:26-28 – Then, six months after Zacharias’ vision, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a Galilean town, Nazareth by name, to a young woman who was engaged to a man called Joseph. The girl’s name was Mary.

The angel entered her room and said, “Greetings to you, Mary. O favoured one! – the Lord be with you!”1:29-33 – Mary was deeply perturbed at these words and wondered what such a greeting could possibly mean. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; God loves you dearly. You are going to be the mother of a son, and you will call him Jesus. He will be great and will be known as the Son of the most high. The Lord God will give him the throne of his forefather, David, and he will be king over the people of Jacob for ever.

His reign shall never end.”1:34 – Then Mary spoke to the angel, “How can this be,” she said, “I am not married!”1:35-37 – But the angel made this reply to her – “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, the power of the most high will overshadow you. Your child will therefore be called holy – the Son of God. Your cousin Elisabeth has also conceived a son, old as she is. Indeed, this is the sixth month for her, a woman who was called barren. For no promise of God can fail to be fulfilled.”1:38 – “I belong to the Lord, body and soul,” replied Mary, “let it happen as you say.

” And at this the angel left her.1:39-45 – With little delay Mary got ready and hurried off to the hillside town in Judea where Zacharias and Elisabeth lived. She went into their house and greeted her cousin. When Elisabeth heard her greeting, the unborn child stirred inside her and she herself was filled with the Holy Spirit, and cried out, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is your child! What an honour it is to have the mother of my Lord come to see me! Why, as soon as your greeting reached my ears, the child within me jumped for joy! Oh, how happy is the woman who believes in God, for he does make his promises to her come true.

“1:46-55 – Then Mary said, “My heart is overflowing with praise of my Lord, my soul is full of joy in God my Saviour. For he has deigned to notice me, his humble servant and, after this, all the people who ever shall be will call me the happiest of women! The one who can do all things has done great things for me – oh, holy is his Name! Truly, his mercy rests on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, he has swept away the high and mighty. He has set kings down from their thrones and lifted up the humble. He has satisfied the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away with empty hands. Yes, he has helped Israel, his child: he has remembered the mercy that he promised to our forefathers, to Abraham and his sons for evermore!”Source:  J.

B. Phillips New Testament, n.d., http://www.ccel.

org/bible/phillips/CP03Luke.htmReferences:Sells, M.A.  (1996).  Early Islamic mysticism: Sufi, Qur’an, Miraj, poetic and theological writings.  New York: Paulist Press.J.B.

Phillips New Testament.  (n.d.).  Book 3: The gospel according to Luke.  Retrieved October 30, 2006, from the Christian Classics Ethereal Library database: http://www.ccel.org/bible/phillips/CP03Luke.htm.

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