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Qur'an 2:61 - Did the Jews kill all prophets?

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

1. The Jews killed all prophets - Qur’an 2:61, 2:91, 3:21, 3:112, 3:181-183, 4:155

“…That was because they [repeatedly] disbelieved in the signs of Allah and killed the prophets without right…” (Qur’an 2:61)

2. The Jews killed only some prophets - Qur’an 2:87, 4:157, 5:70

“…And a party [of messengers] you denied and another party you killed.” (Qur’an 2:87)

3. Muslim reply

In Qur’an 2:61 the word “nabeeyeen” means prophets, plural. So there can be two or more prophets killed by the Jews. However this doesn’t work, because the authorized Qur’an translations. Pickthall, Sahih International, Shakir, all translated with “the prophets” and that does mean “all prophets”.

4. Conclusion

It is not clear in the Qur’an about the number of prophets the Jews killed. Some verses say they killed all of them, while other verses mention only some killed prophets. A contradiction.