The Prophets in the Old Testament, History of Truth

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History of Truth, The Truth about God and Religions



Dr. Adel Elsaie

Source: History of Truth



5.3 The Prophets in the Old Testament

Drunken Noah

Moses Kills Women and Boys

Lot and Incest

Jacob and the Red Lentil Soup

Jacob’s Family

Judah and Tamar

David and Adultery

David Kills Tens of Thousands

Solomon and Paganism

David’s Son and Incest

Another one of David’s Son and Multiple Rape

Islam is based on reason and on pure teachings of all the Prophets of Allah not contaminated with paganism or corruption. Allah sent all the Prophets for the guidance of mankind. All Prophets were humans, and every one of them is a righteous example for the entire humanity. Because they were humans, they could do mistakes, not sins. However, the Bible is full of degrading stories about many Prophets as if God had sent the wrong people for our guidance. No Muslim would dare to write a book and stamp the Prophets of Allah (Allah’ blessings and peace be upon all) with paganism, rape, adultery, prostitution or incest. They all have the respect that they deserve. The subject of the Prophets should not be approached as such: if you are Jewish, Moses is the only Good example, and if you are a Christian, Jesus is your only example and savior. Each Prophet is a good example for the entire human race to follow.

Here are some of the stories from the Bible about the corruption and sins of the Prophets. These stories show that the Jewish people did not have any respect for most of their Prophets. None of the following stories are mentioned in the Quran or the Islamic tradition.

The Drunken Noah

The Bible states that after the flood, Noah became a farmer, (Gen. 9:20-23). He planted a field of grapes. Noah made wine and drank it. He became drunk and lay naked in his tent. Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his naked father. He told his brothers outside the tent. Then Shem and Japheth got a coat. They walked backwards into the tent, so they did not see their father naked. The wine made Noah sleep. But when he woke, he learned what Ham had done. He cursed Ham, and prayed that he be the slave of his brothers.

We are familiar with the tribal feuds of the Israelis. Who wrote this story? Of course, it should have not come from the tribes of Ham, but most likely from the tribes of Shem or Japheth.

Does this story identify a man that God chose to save the righteous people and destroy the unbelievers?

What is the moral lesson in this story of the Holy Bible?

Can Christian preachers tell this story in the church to young people?

Moses Kills Women and Boys

The book of Numbers narrates an incredible story about Moses. He asked his army to get even with the Midianites. The Israeli army killed all the Midianite men and burned all their towns and villages. They took the women, children, and animals and brought them to Moses. Moses was very angry with the leaders of the army. Moses said to them "Why did you let the women live." "Now kill all the Midianite boys and women and spare the women who had not sexual relations with any man" Numbers 31:15-17. The women who were spared were 32,000! Now imagine how many men, women and boys were killed by the command of Moses.

Is this the same Moses who preached the commandment "Thou shall not kill"?

If those people were killed because they had sexually transmitted disease, why kill the boys and spare the girls? And how many people did they slaughter?

Can Christian preachers tell this story to Christian boys?  

Lot and Incest

Lot was the nephew of Abraham, and he is a Prophet in Islam. However, the Bible (Genesis 19:30-36) tells an unbelievable story. Lot took his two daughters to live in a cave in the mountain. The daughters conspired to use their father to grow a family by getting him drunk and then having sex with their father each in one night. They did that, and they became pregnant. The older daughter gave birth to a son called Moab (Hebrew: from my father!), and the younger daughter gave birth to a son called Ben-Ammi (Hebrew: Son of my father!)

So the Bible tells us that it was not enough for Lot’s daughters to commit this scandal, but to give their illegitimate children names to publicize their act!

What is the moral lesson in this story of the Holy Bible?

Can Christian preachers tell this story in the church to young people?

Jacob and the Red Lentil Soup

This is another story of the effect of tribal politics on compiling the Old Testament. Abraham’s son, Isaac, married Rebekah. While she was pregnant, God told her that she would have twin sons in her body, and that the older son would serve the younger, Genesis (25: 22-34). The first baby was red and hairy, so he was called Esau, (means hairy). When the second baby was born, he was holding tightly to Esau’ heel, so he was called Jacob, (means heel or tricky). In the ancient Near East, birth order was extremely important, because the firstborn son was entitled to the birthright, which meant the largest portion of the father’s inheritance. Esau and Jacob grew up. One time Esau came back from the field hungry. He asked his brother to let him have some of the red lentil soup that Jacob was eating. And for some of the red lentil soup, Jacob asked for Esau’s rights as firstborn in return. Esau did not have a choice. If he died from hunger, Jacob would have all of his father’s wealth anyway.

When the time came for Isaac to give the birthright to Esau, Rebekah encouraged Jacob to pose as his older brother. To deceive his weak-eyed father, Jacob put on his brother’s clothing and goatskin on his arms to simulate hairy arms. Isaac gave Jacob the blessing and the birthright that included the control over Esau. When Esau came in from hunting, he knew what happened and he asked Isaac for another blessing for him. Isaac said: Jacob tricked him, and you will be a slave to your brother, but you will break away from his control.

Again this story has many questions:

Why all these details, that even included red lentil soup, in the Word of God?

Why did the story emphasize that Esau and Isaac were twin brothers?

Why did the writer say that God told Rebekah that her older son would serve her younger son?

Why did Isaac give the birthright to Jacob?

Why was Esau given the promise that he would be free from Isaac?

The answers lie in the history of the tribes of Israel, and the knowledge about their tribal feud and wars between Israel and Judah. First, the writer of this story conforms to J, because he refers to God Yahweh, and J is from Judah. The southern kingdom of Judah had borders with the land of Edom, the tribe of Esau. J was actually fabricating a part of history, not the Word of God. J composed the story of his people’s ancestors with an eye on explaining and justifying the present and past history. Esau, after eating the red lentil soup, became known as "red". The word for red in Hebrew is "Edom". Esau and Jacob were twins, like Judah and Edom were related neighbors, in language and origin. The United Kingdom of Israel-Judah under David defeated Edom and controlled it for two hundred years. Then Edom achieved its independence in 848 BC.

Sunday preachers do not mention this deceiving action or even justify the cunning behavior of Jacob, the father of Israel. The greedy negotiating tactic of Jacob for getting his father’s wealth in exchange of some red lentil soup is just beyond comprehension. Even if it is mentioned, it is usually minimized or justified as God’s will.

Jacob’s Family

The Prophet Jacob was married to two sisters, Leah and Rachel, at the same time, (Gen. 29 22-30). Leah was the mother of all his children except Joseph and Benjamin whose mother was Rachel. Jacob’s daughter Dinah was kidnapped and raped by the son of the king, Gen. 34:2. Dinah’s brothers, Simon and Levi, killed the king and his son for revenge, Gen. 34:26. Jacob’s sons from Leah conspired to throw Joseph into a well, Gen. 37:20. Jacob’s first son Reuben was accused by Jacob of sleeping with one of his father’s wives, Gen. 49:4.

This Biblical story does not seem like a family of a Prophet of God, but a soap opera on the TV. But we all know how those stories were written. May the blessings and peace of Allah be upon Jacob and Joseph.

What is the moral lesson in this story of the Holy Bible?

Can Christian preachers tell this story in the church to young people?

Judah and Tamar

To continue the saga of Jacob’s family, Judah was one of his sons. Genesis 38 tells the story of the father of the Jewish race, from whom we derive the name Judea and Judaism. This patriarch of the Judaism got married and God granted him three sons: Er, Onan, and Shelah. When the first-born was old enough, Judah had him married to a lady called Tamar. "But Er, Judah’s first born was wicked in the sight of the Lord; and the Lord slew him." Gen. 38:7. Following the Jewish tradition, if a brother died and left no offspring, it was the duty of the other brother to give "seed" to his sister in law, so that the deceased’s name might be perpetuated. Judah, in honor with this custom, ordered his second son Onan to do this duty. But jealousy entered his heart. It would be his seed, but the name would be his brother’s. "He spilled it (sperms) on the ground...and the thing he did displeased the Lord: wherefore He slew him also." Gen. 38:9-10. The sexual therapists call the act of Onan "Onanism!"

Now Judah told his daughter in law, Tamar, to return to her father’s house until his third son Shelah grew up, and then she would be back to marry the third son. Shelah grew up and perhaps married another woman. Judah was terrified to fulfill his promise to Tamar, because he already lost two sons. The distressed young lady resolved to take revenge on her father in law for depriving her of her "seed" right. Tamar learned that Judah was going on a trip. She planned to get even with him on the road. Judah saw her but he thought that she was a prostitute because she had covered her face. So Judah went to her and said: Let me have sexual relations with you. He promised her in return that he would send her a young goat. She asked for his seal as a guarantee for the goat. He accepted and he "came in unto her, and she conceived by him." Gen. 38:18 Judah knew that Tamar sinned like a prostitute, and she was pregnant and Judah wanted to burn her. Of course after he learned what happened, he did not burn her or burn himself!

What is the moral lesson in this story of the Holy Bible?

Can Christian preachers tell this story in the church to young people?

David and Adultery

King David was a Prophet of Allah. The Bible tells a story about David when he was in Jerusalem, (II Samuel 11:1-5). In an evening, David got up from his bed. He walked around the roof of the king’s house. While he was on the roof, he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful. So David sent for his soldiers and asked them who the woman was. An officer answered that the woman’s name is Bathsheba and she was married to one of David’s soldier called Uriah. David sent messengers to bring Bathsheba to him. When she came to David, he had sexual relation with her. She washed herself, and then went back to her house. But Bathsheba became pregnant, and she sent word to David about her pregnancy. David did not stop at that, but he sent Uriah to the front line where the fighting was the hardest to be killed in the battle.

What is the moral lesson in this story of the Holy Bible?

Can Christian preachers tell this story in the church to young people?

How could David then be accepted in the genealogy of Jesus when it started with a person who committed adultery? Allah forbids it!

David Kills Tens of Thousands

Saul put David in charge of the Israeli army who went to fight the Philistines. On the way home after the battles, Israeli women in every city in Israel came out to meet David. They enjoyed very much the slaughter of people; they danced and played music. They sang: "Saul killed thousands of the enemies, but David killed tens of thousands." It was a competition of slaughtering people between Saul and David. 1 Samuel 18:5-7.

Did David believe in the Ten Commandments? He killed people and committed adultery.

Can Christian preachers tell this story in the church?

Solomon and Paganism

Solomon the son of David was a Prophet of Allah who gave him wisdom and wealth. According to the Bible, (I Kings 11:3-10), Solomon had 700 wives. He also had 300 slave women that were like wives to him. When Solomon was old, his wives forced him to follow theirs gods. Solomon worshipped Ashtoreth, the Cananite goddess of love and war. And Solomon also worshipped Milcom, the god of the Ammonite people. Solomon built a place on a hill next to Jerusalem for worshipping Chemosh, the idol of the Moabite people. Solomon also built a temple for Molech, the idol of the Ammonite people. Solomon did the same thing for all of his wives from other countries. The Lord came to Solomon and told him that he must not follow other gods. But Solomon did not follow the Lord’s command.

What is the moral lesson in this story of the Holy Bible?

Can Christian preachers tell this story in the church to young people?

David’s Son and Incest

According to the holy Bible, (II Samuel 13:1-20) Prophet David had a son named Amnon. Amnon had a half-sister called Tamar who was very beautiful. Amnon was in love with Tamar who was a virgin. He pretended to be sick and asked his sister to bring him food into the bedroom and feed him with her hand. When she began feeding her brother, he grabbed her and asked her to sleep with him. Tamar refused, but he forced her to have sex with him. After that he hated her, and locked her in a room. In this story, there is a private event in the Holy Bible between Amnon and his sister. How was this story revealed to the writers of the Bible?

Did Amnon damage his sister’s name by bragging about sexually assaulting her?

What is the moral lesson in this story of the Holy Bible?

Can Christian preachers tell this story in the church to young people?

Another one of David’s Son and Multiple Rape

Yet another multiple rape episode by Absalom, the brother of Tamar, on David’s wives, as told in II Samuel 16:20-23. David left some of his wives to take care of the house. Absalom was given advice to go and have sexual relations with them, so all the Israelis would hear that David hated his son, and the people would be encouraged to give Absalom more support. Absalom put up a tent on the roof of the house, and he had sexual relations with his father’s wives. All the Israelis saw it!

What is the moral lesson in this story of the Holy Bible?

Can Christian preachers tell this story in the church to young people?

Do you believe that anyone, even a barbarian, in the world could do this?

Societies today are raged by violence and sex. However, the present violence and sex do not reach that level that were committed by Prophets and there families. Are these the Prophets of God that we should look up to them as examples for righteousness and obedience of Allah?



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