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Qur´an 4:46 - Do most Jews change Allah’s words?

There are different answers to the question in the Qur’an:

1. Most Jews change Allah´s words - Qur´an 4:46
“But Allah has cursed them for their disbelief, so they believe not, except for a few.” (Qur´an 4:46)
Most Jews change the meaning of words of Allah by their tongues.

2. Allah´s words cannot be changed - Qur´an 6:34
“The [unmarried] woman or [unmarried] man found guilty of sexual intercourse - lash each one of them with a hundred lashes” (Qur´an 6:34)
Nobody can change the words of Allah. A way out for the contradiction is to accept that there is a historical development in the Qur´an and that Muhammad had noticed that the Jews gave the Holy Scripture a anti-Islamic implication (1). Therefore Muhammad´s accused the Jews that they had changed God´s words.

3. Conclusion
There is a difficulty in the Qur’an that most Jews changed Allah´s words. One verse is telling us that they did, while according to another verse it is impossible to change Allah´s words. Therefore the verses are a contradiction in the Qur’an.


Notes:

1. Uri Rubin, Jews and Judaism, in: Jane Dammen McAuliffe (ed.), Encyclopedia of the Qur’an, Volume Three, J-O, Brill, Leiden, 2003, 25.