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Ta Ha: More Exodus

March 23, 2011 1 comment

There was a TON of Exodus material in Sura 7 / Al-'Araf, and Ta Ha includes some of the bits skipped.

It goes into detail about Musa's birth, the fiery bush, how the whole staff/snake/staff thing works, etc. It also has greater specificity around the parting of the sea:

077: We commanded Musa: "Journey by night with Our creatures, and strike a dry path for them through the sea. Do not fear of being overtaken, nor have dread of any thing."
078: The the Pharaoh followed them with his army, but the sea overpowered and engulfed them.
079: The Pharaoh led his people astray and did not rightly guide them.

That last line is the core difference between the Old Testament stories and the Qur'anic versions: everyone, not just the Jewish tribes, could follow god's word. The Qur'anic Pharaoh and his people rejected Musa's message from god, and paid the price. The Torah version, Pharaoh's fate was sealed because he didn't free his Jewish slaves.

The next interesting deviation comes with the story of the Golden Calf, which Ta Ha recounts in depth. I'm not surprised the Golden Calf is making its second appearance: Islam is not fond of idols, and the ease of man going astray is a common theme.

In Exodus, Moses commands some of his followers to slaughter 3,000 of those who worshipped the Golden Calf. No such thing here.

Categories: Exodus, Sura 20: Ta Ha