[quote=But for Grace]This has been bugging me for some time, but it appears that there is some discrepancy about the role of Gabriel (Jibril). Gabriel is descibed in the bible as the angel of the annunciation proclaiming to Mary that she was to bear the Son of God and is also descibed as dictating the Koran to Mohammed (and hence dening the divinity of Christ)
Is there anyway that this can be reconciled, or is this a trick of the evil one on one side or the other.
Hey But For Grace,
You cannot think as you’re thinking. The fact is that the Gospels and the Qur’an will often disagree on both minor and major details of Jesus’ life. What the Gospels are is someone’s account (in this case, really Matthew’s and Luke’s) of Gabriel etc. Likewise, I’m sure you’d consider the Qur’an someone else’s account. But the point is, both are merely interpretations (or representations) of an objective event, and not the event itself. Do you see what I’m getting at?
Perhaps the Bible’s representation of the event is the correct one. Perhaps the Qur’an’s is.
By the way, the annunciation of the birth of Jesus (PBUH) to Mary by Gabriel is to be found in the Qur’an as well, though as you might expecting understanding the above, it is a somewhat different take.