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The Qur ʾā n’s Legal Culture

Posted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:46 am
by moses ... ebeck_2013_

I hold that a majority of the laws promulgated in the Qurʾān, as well as its legal narratives about the Israelites and about Jesus, have close commonalities to the laws and narratives of the Didascalia Apostolorum. The legal and theological vocabulary of the Arabic Qurʾān likewise shows much affinity with that of the Syriac (Eastern Christian Aramaic) version of the Di-dascalia. This shared vocabulary corroborates the legal and narrative commonalities between the two texts. That said, the Qurʾān is not “based” on the Didascalia in any direct way. Detailed comparison of the two documents will il-lustrate the absence of textual influence in either direction. Both should rather be read against the background of the oral discourse shared by their audiences.