The Qur’an’s Universal God and the Hebrew Bible’s Ethnocentric God

In this video, I focus on a fundamental difference between the account of the Exodus in the Qur’an and the Old Testament. Although this difference is theological, rather than historical, it still provides further testimony to the accuracy and coherence of the Qur’an and exposes the paradoxical nature of the Biblical account.

The subject is God’s Lordship and His relationship with people. More specifically, the God of the Qur’an, Allah, is the one God of everyone and everything. He is equally the Lord of all. His Lordship is inclusive of everything, and the servanthood to Him is inclusive of everyone and everything.

On the other hand, the God of the Old Testament is exclusive to the Israelites. He is specifically identified with them, as opposed to other peoples.

Allah of the Qur’an is just and merciful to all without discrimination, whereas the ethnocentric God of the Old Testament is paradoxical, unhistorical and dangerous.


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