Is the Garden of Eden story different in the Koran than in the Bible? If so, how?

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  • 9 years ago
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    Some of What the Qur’ān Says on Paradise and Adam

    ◆ “Thy Lord said to the angels: ‘I will create a vicegerent on earth.’”—Al-Baqarah [2]:30.

    ◆ “He Who has made everything which He has created Most Good: He began the creation of man with (nothing more than) clay . . . But He fashioned him in due proportion, and breathed into him something of His spirit.”—Al-Sajdah [32]:7, 9.

    ◆ “Surely We created man of the best stature.”—Al-Tīn [95]:4, MMP.

    ◆ “We said: ‘O Adam! dwell thou and thy wife in the Garden; and eat of the bountiful things therein as (where and when) ye will; but approach not this tree, or ye run into harm and transgression.’”—Al-Baqarah [2]:35.

    ◆ “Gardens of Eden underneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide for ever.”—Ṭā-Hā [20]:76, MMP.

    ◆ “Then did Satan make them slip from the (Garden), and get them out of the state (of felicity) in which they had been.”—Al-Baqarah [2]:36.

    ◆ “Thus did Adam disobey his Lord, and allow himself to be seduced.”—Ṭā-Hā [20]:121.

    ◆ “We said: ‘Get ye down all from here; and if, as is sure, there comes to you guidance from Me, whosoever follows My guidance, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.’”—Al-Baqarah [2]:38.

    What the Bible says:

    (Genesis 2:15-18) . . .And Jehovah God proceeded to take the man and settle him in the garden of E′den to cultivate it and to take care of it. 16 And Jehovah God also laid this command upon the man: “From every tree of the garden you may eat to satisfaction. 17 But as for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad you must not eat from it, for in the day you eat from it you will positively die.” 18 And Jehovah God went on to say: “It is not good for the man to continue by himself. I am going to make a helper for him, as a complement of him.”

    (Genesis 3:1-6) . . .Now the serpent proved to be the most cautious of all the wild beasts of the field that Jehovah God had made. So it began to say to the woman: “Is it really so that God said YOU must not eat from every tree of the garden?” 2 At this the woman said to the serpent: “Of the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat. 3 But as for [eating] of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘YOU must not eat from it, no, YOU must not touch it that YOU do not die.’” 4 At this the serpent said to the woman: “YOU positively will not die. 5 For God knows that in the very day of YOUR eating from it YOUR eyes are bound to be opened and YOU are bound to be like God, KNOWING good and bad.” 6 Consequently the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was something to be longed for to the eyes, yes, the tree was desirable to look upon. So she began taking of its fruit and eating it. Afterward she gave some also to her husband when with her and he began eating it.

  • 9 years ago

    The Garden of Eden story is in the Bible only, not the Koran. Muslims revere the Bible (OT) as well a the Koran.

  • 9 years ago

    The only difference I'm aware of is that the serpent is called Satan in the Koran but not in the Bible.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    The Quran, contrary to the Bible, places equal blame on both Adam and Eve for their mistake. Nowhere in the Quran can one find even the slightest hint that Eve tempted Adam to eat from the tree or even that she had eaten before him. Eve in the Quran is no temptress, no seducer, and no deceiver. Moreover, Eve is not to be blamed for the pains of childbearing. God, according to the Quran, punishes no one for another's faults. Both Adam and Eve committed a sin and then asked God for forgiveness and He forgave them both.

    http://www.islamicity.com/mosque/w_islam/eve.htm

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Islam answer is correct.

    The Biblical Eve has played a far bigger role in Christianity than in

    Judaism. Her sin has been pivotal to the whole Christian faith because the

    Christian conception of the reason for the mission of Jesus Christ on Earth

    stems from Eve's disobedience to God. She had sinned and then seduced

    Adam to follow her suit. Consequently, God expelled both of them from

    Heaven to Earth, which had been cursed because of them. They

    bequeathed their sin, which had not been forgiven by God, to all their

    descendants and, thus, all humans are born in sin. In order to purify human

    beings from their 'original sin', God had to sacrifice Jesus, who is

    considered to be the Son of God, on the cross. Therefore, Eve is

    responsible for her own mistake, her husband's sin, the original sin of all

    humanity, and the death of the Son of God. In other words, one woman

    acting on her own caused the fall of humanity. 5 What about her daughters?

    They are sinners like her and have to be treated as such. Listen to the

    severe tone of St. Paul in the New Testament: "A woman should learn in

    quietness and full submission. I don't permit a woman to teach or to have

    authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was formed first, then

    Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was

    deceived and became a sinner" (I Timothy 2:11-14).

    St. Tertullian was even more blunt than St. Paul, while he was talking to

    his 'best beloved sisters' in the faith, he said: 6 "Do you not know that you

    are each an Eve? The sentence of God on this sex of yours lives in this

    age: the guilt must of necessity live too. You are the Devil's gateway: You

    are the unsealer of the forbidden tree: You are the first deserter of the

    divine law: You are she who persuaded him whom the devil was not valiant

    enough to attack. You destroyed so easily God's image, man. On account

    of your desert even the Son of God had to die."

    St. Augustine was faithful to the legacy of his predecessors, he wrote to a

    friend: "What is the difference whether it is in a wife or a mother, it is still

    Eve the temptress that we must beware of in any woman......I fail to see

    what use woman can be to man, if one excludes the function of bearing

    children."

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    Centuries later, St. Thomas Aquinas still considered women as defective:

    "As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten, for

    the active force in the male seed tends to the production of a perfect

    likeness in the masculine sex; while the production of woman comes from a

    defect in the active force or from some material indisposition, or even from

    some external influence."

    Finally, the renowned reformer Martin Luther could not see any benefit

    from a woman but bringing into the world as many children as possible

    regardless of any side effects: "If they become tired or even die, that does

    not matter. Let them die in childbirth, that's why they are there"

    Again and again all women are denigrated because of the image of Eve the

    temptress, thanks to the Genesis account. To sum up, the Judaeo-Christian

    conception of women has been poisoned by the belief in the sinful nature

    of Eve and her female offspring. If we now turn our attention to what the

    Quran has to say about women, we will soon realize that the Islamic

    conception of women is radically different from the Judaeo-Christian one.

    Let the Quran speak for itself:

    "For Muslim men and women, for believing men and women, for devout

    men and women, for true men and women, for men and women who are

    patient, for men and women who humble themselves, for men and women

    who give in charity, for men and women who fast, for men and women who

    guard their chastity, and for men and women who engage much in Allah's

    praise-- For them all has Allah prepared forgiveness and great reward"

    (Quran 33:35).

    "The believers, men and women, are protectors, one of another: they

    enjoin what is just, and forbid what is evil, they observe regular prayers,

    practise regular charity, and obey Allah and His Messenger. On them will

    Allah pour His Mercy: for Allah is Exalted in power, Wise" (Quran 9:71).

    "And their Lord answered them: Truly I will never cause to be lost the

    work of any of you, Be you a male or female, you are members one of

    another" (Quran 3:195).

    "Whoever works evil will not be requited but by the like thereof, and

    whoever works a righteous deed -whether man or woman- and is a

    believer- such will enter the Garden of bliss" (Quran 40:40).

    "Whoever works righteousness, man or woman, and has faith, verily to

    him/her we will give a new life that is good and pure, and we will bestow

    on such their reward according to the best of their actions" (Quran

    16:97).

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    Source(s): In fact, the difference between the Biblical and the Quranic attitude towards the female sex starts as soon as a female is born. For example, the Bible states that the period of the mother's ritual impurity is twice as long if a girl is born than if a boy is (Lev. 12:2-5). The Catholic Bible states explicitly that: " The birth of a daughter is a loss" (Ecclesiasticus 22:3). In contrast to this shocking statement, boys receive special praise: "A man who educates his son will be the envy of his enemy." (Ecclesiasticus 30:3)
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