Solomon and the Ant: The Qur'an in Conversation with the Bible

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Wipf and Stock Publishers, 30 juil. 2021 - 202 pages
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Solomon and the Ant, using the Bible as a dialogue partner, examines stories from the Qur’an, their drama, characters, and meaning. Although some qur’anic stories have close biblical parallels, here Penchansky examines stories without biblical precursors. Qur’anic narratives in dialogue with biblical texts enhance understanding. Penchansky chooses biblical stories that address similar questions about the nature of God and God’s interaction with people.

Solomon matches wits with an ant, a bird, and the queen of Sheba. Magical creatures, the jinn, are driven out of heaven by fiery meteors. Moses, on a quest, meets a mysterious stranger. The Bible offers parallels and connections. Genesis, Exodus, Isaiah, Matthew, and other biblical books, contrast with the qur’anic text, comment on the qur’anic story, and supplement it.

• Separated by space and time, the Bible and the Qur’an faced similar issues.

• Both the Bible and the Qur’an adapted material from their surrounding culture while at the same time distinguishing themselves from that culture.

• Rather than addressing this cultural confrontation with rigid certainty, the Bible and the Qur’an are ambiguous and multivocal.

• The Bible and the Qur’an are layered, containing stories within stories, fragments, and structural abnormalities. These features contribute to meaning.

Penchansky’s analysis of these stories makes the Qur’an accessible and compelling to nonspecialists and students.
 

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Table des matières

THE PROBLEM OF POLYTHEISM
1
SuratalFalaq The Daybreak and SuratalNas The People
7
1925Daughters of Deity
24
119War in Heaven
47
THE PROBLEM OF THEODICY
69
6082Moses
85
1544King Solomon
103
THE PROBLEM OF REVELATION
123
118By the Lote Tree
143
SuratʻAbasa He Frowned Q 80The Prophet and
156
Epilogue
166
Subject and Author Index
177
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David Penchansky is Professor Emeritus at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of Twilight of the Gods (2005), What Rough Beast? (1999), and Understanding Wisdom Literature (2012).

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