“We Will Not Endure One Sort of Food” (Q 2: 61)

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This article examines the composition of Q 2:57–61 and argues that v. 61 is secondary to the passage. At the center of the argument stand a contradiction between vv. 57 and 61, an instructive parallel in Q 7:160–162, and a comparison to biblical traditions. The article concludes with a brief speculation about the possible adaptation which might have taken place when the verse was added.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)135-148
Number of pages14
JournalZeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenlandischen Gesellschaft
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Israel Science Foundation (grant no. 863/17). I thank Etan Kohlberg, Yakir Paz, and Judith Loebenstein Witztum for their comments on earlier drafts. The translations of quranic verses generally follow, with some adaptations, A. J. Arberry: The Koran Interpreted. London 1955. The translations from the Bible follow the rendition of The New Jewish Publication Society version.

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