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Qur’an 3:33 - Families of Adam, Noah, Abraham and Imran above all people or not?

The Qur’an has different answers to the question who are above all:

1. Families of Adam, Noah, Abraham, and Imran above all people - Qur’an 3:33
“Allah did choose Adam and Noah, the family of Abraham, and the family of ’Imran above all people” (Qur’an 3:33, Yusuf Ali)
Allah has selected the families of Adam, Noah, Abraham, and Imran above all people.

2. Children of Israel are above all people - Qur’an 2:47, 45:16?17
“O Children of Israel! Remember My favour wherewith I favoured you and how I preferred you to (all) creatures.” (Qur’an 2:47, Pickthall)
Allah has chosen the Children of Israel above all beings. A contradiction with Qur’an 3:33, that the families of Adam, Noah, Abraham, and Imran above all people.

3. Mary, the mother of Jesus is above all women – Qur’an 3:42
“And [mention] when the angels said, "O Mary, indeed Allah has chosen you and purified you and chosen you above the women of the worlds.” (Qur’an 3:42, Sahih International)
Allah preferred Mary above all women. A contradiction with with Qur’an 3:33, that the women of Adam, Noah, Abraham, and Imran above all other women.

4. Conclusion
The claim in Qur’an 3:33-34 that some families are above all other people is refuted in other Qur’an verses. Therefore the Qur’an has contradictions who are above all.