The Metatron and Qur’an 9:30: an academic understanding

I read from ‘A History of the Jews of Arabia: From Ancient Times to Their Eclipse Under Islam’ by Gordon Darnell Newby, pages 59-61.

Qur’an 9:30: The Jews say: “Ezra (‘Uzair) is Allah’s son,” and the Christians say: “The Messiah is the son of Allah.” These are merely verbal assertions in imitation of the sayings of those unbelievers who preceded them. May Allah ruin them. How do they turn away from the Truth?

So when the Quran says, the Jews say Uzair is the son of God, it’s saying they worship Metatron. The Quran obviously does not approve. And some Jews didn’t either – Jews called the Karaites dismissed Rabbinical Judaism as polytheistic because of this Metatron idea.

So the Quran’s polemic is directed against a medieval Jewish aberration rather than what you might find taught in an orthodox Jewish synagogue today. The Qur’an is NOT criticising Judaism as such but taking the Jewish Karaite view over against the Rabbinate view.

Categories: Dr Tim Winter, Islam, Judaism, Qur'an, Recommended reading, Scholars

2 replies

  1. Fascinating. Never knew this book until now and it’s one of the books to read hopefully. Also credit to you Brother Paul for raising this particular issue among other topics that majority scholars nowadays have hardly dealt with, let alone the laymen.

  2. Dear Sir,

    I think you are calling Yahdaboleth whom is the lord god (little l little g) of Gen 3 Metatron, neither are The Almighty whom is El Shaddai, Allah SWT, and YHSVH YahShua. Jesus’s name was YahuShua, as his Father was in him. Yeshua CAN NOT be Jesus as he has sin and must be purified by the Angel touching his lip with a hot coal. You may also wish to look at Isa 9:6 in the JPS 1917 to see Romantic changes.

    JPS Tanakh 1917
    For a child is born unto us, A son is given unto us; And the government is upon his shoulder; And his name is called Pele-joez-el-gibbor-Abi-ad-sar-shalom; Isa 9:6

    fn: a} That is, Wonderful in counsel is God, the Mighty, the Everlasting Father, the Ruler of peace. [Son is not Elohim]

    Study to shew thyself approved unto Adonai, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2Tim 2:15 (The Rightly Divided Word = Don’t divide the Word of God.)

    There’s a storm coming Ani.

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