‘They killed him not’ – Does the Qur’an deny the death of Jesus?


Interesting article by a Roman Catholic student

Rider on the Clouds

It is often assumed by Muslims and Non-Muslims alike, that Jesus in the Qur’an was not killed, and that another man (such as Judas) merely assumed his guise, to be crucified. Tom Holland (not Spiderman) even sees parallels with the gnostic Gospel of Basilides here, which claims (according to church father Irenaeus) that Jesus, as fully divine, could not have truly died, and that Simon of Cyrene, who carried Jesus’ cross, merely replaced him on the cross. However, a good deal of this reading of Surah 4:157 is eisegetical, never made clear in the Qur’an itself. The verse in question says

they did not slay him (Jesus); nor did they crucify him, but it appeared so unto them

As you can see, the text does not say Jesus didn’t die, nor that someone else assumed his appearance, only that the Jews didn’t kill him, but thought he did. Even the…

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  1. “And (remember) when God will say (on the Day of Resurrection): “O Jesus, son of Mary! Did you say unto men: ‘Worship me and my mother as two gods besides God?’ ” He will say: “Glory be to You! It was not for me to say what I had no right (to say). Had I said such a thing, You would surely have known it. You know what is in my inner-self though I do not know what is in Yours, truly, You, only You, are the All-Knower of all that is hidden and unseen.”

    “Never did I say to them aught except what You did command me to say: >‘Worship God, my Lord and your Lord.’< And I was a witness over them while I dwelt amongst them, but when You took me up, You were the Watcher over them, and You are a Witness to all things." [This is a great admonition and warning to the Christians of the whole world]

    “If You punish them, they are Your slaves, and if You forgive them, verily You, only You are the All-Mighty, the All-Wise .”

    "God will say: “This is a Day on which the truthful will profit from their truth: theirs are Gardens under which rivers flow (in Paradise) – they shall abide therein forever. God is pleased with them and they with Him. That is the great success."

    "To God belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth and all that is therein, and He is Able to do all things." 5:116 – 120

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