I had posted earlier on this thread and wanted to comment that I had found no intrinsic contradiction between the Gospel account and the Qur’anic account. I also wanted to offer a way both the Gospel and the Qur’an could be in harmony:
Look again at Surih 4 verse 157
Translation of A.Yusuf Ali
That they said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah”;- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not:-
and consider in Surih 2:154
And say not of those who are slain in the way of Allah: “They are dead.” Nay, they are living, though ye perceive (it) not.
The verse focuses on the reality of the spirit of the martyr who was slain! The spirit is living.
The same can be said in my view to the Surih 4:157… while the corporeal body was crucified the Spirit of Jesus was not killed…but in verse 158:
Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise;-
There is also very lovely way this is confirmed by the Gospel of Luke…
The last words of Jesus on the cross according to the Gospel of Luke translated in the Jerusalem Bible read:
…and when Jesus had cried out in a loud voice, He said, "Father, into Your hands I commit my Spirit" with these words he breathed His last.
~ Luke 22:46
So Jesus committed His Spirit to God and the Qur’an says Allah raised him up unto Himself.strong text