If the conflict between Moslems and the Jews of Madinah were about a belief, why don’t the Jews take Prophet Muhammad as their “Gentile Prophet” (just as Cyrus, Job and his friends) when he and early Moslems prayed toward Jerusalem?
The Talmud tells that there are many Prophets among the Gentiles though they were not as elevated as the Jewish Prophets for Israel and Gentiles. Such a “Pro-Jewish” lies that someone can not be a Prophet because they are not Jewish by race can now be laid to rest.
It’s interesting to note that almost those Gentile Prophets are Arabs who lived in Arabia, mostly were descendants through Keturah (who may be Hagar according to Rashi), via Esau and Ishmael’s daughters, and others thru a nephew of Abraham.
Even Rashi states in his commentary on the Tanakh that to the Gentile nations were sent Jewish and Gentile Prophets so they Gentile nations should not have any excuse to justify their idolatry and heathenism.
Rashi’s commentary on Numbers 22:5.
“Had we had Prophets we would have repented.”
Several Gentile Prophets.
Cyrus is a Prophet as in Isaiah 44:28 God says “he is my shepherd, he will certainly do as I say”, as well as Isaiah 45:1 where he is referred to as Messiah (His “anointed one”), the only non-Jew to be called so.
Cyrus left a lasting legacy on the Jewish religion, where in Ezra 6:3-5 he produced a decree for the return of Jews.
– Eliphaz the Temanite :
Eliphaz is a Prophet mentioned in the Book of Job, coming from the nation of Esau and Ishmael, hence he lived in Arabia city of Teman, as well as called a Temanite after Teman the son of Esau in Gen 36:11.
Gen 36:11 And the sons of Eliphaz were Teman, Omar, Zepho, and Gatam, and Kenaz.
– Bildad the Shuhite:
Bildad is another Prophet mentioned in the book of Job, being a descendent of Keturah the wife of Abraham. Rashi identifies Keturah with Hagar the mother of Ishmael, hence Rabbinical Jews actually believe that Hagar produced another great pool of Prophetic group outside Sarah’s lineage. It gives a quite headache on Anti-Arab Jews.
Josephus says the sons of Keturah live in Arabia.
Josephus Antiquities of the Jews 1.15.1
Now, for all these sons and grandsons, Abraham contrived to settle them in colonies; and they took possession of Troglodytis (the area along both sides of the Red sea), and the country of Arabia the Happy (the Greater Part of Arabia as far as Yemen), as far as it reaches to the Red Sea.
Bildad’s name Patronym is taken from Shuah the son of Abraham and Keturah.
1 Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah. 2 And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.
– Zophar the Naamathite:
Zophar is a friend of Job, identified with a place in Arabia called Naamah. The Septuagint identifies him with a group of people called Minaeans (a rich wealthy Yemeni people) of whom he was called their king in Job 2:11.
– Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite:
Elihu is a more wiser Prophet, mentioned in the book of Job, a descendant of Nahor the brother of Abraham per Genesis 22.
Job was called Jobab from Edom, his wife is an Arabian.
Job 42:17 LXX.
And Job died, an old man and full of days: and it is written that he will rise again with those whom the Lord raises up. This man is described in the Syriac book as living in the land of Ausis, on the borders of Idumea and Arabia: and his name before was Jobab; And having taken an Arabian wife, he begot a son whose name was Ennon. And he himself was the son of his father Zare, one of the sons of Esau, and of his mother Bosorrha, so that he was the fifth from Abraam.
Much of today’s Judaist teachings – as well as Evangelist one – is contrary to what the first century Jews had believed in, such as universalism of Prophetic ministry.
Rashi, Midrash Tanchuma Balak 1, Num. Rabbah 20:1
Why did God bestow His Shechinah on a wicked Gentile? The answer is, so the nations should not have an excuse to say, “Had we had prophets we would have repented.” So He assigned them Prophets, but they breached the morally accepted barrier, for at first they had refrained from immorality..
Even the founders of Christians such as Paul of the NT Bible do not believe that God really chooses or sends the ancient Prophets to the Gentiles. Hence, Paul presumed wrongly that the Gentiles have been given such an excuse to justify their prolonging Polytheism since the generations of Moses til the days when Paul was chosen to save the uncircumcised ones.
17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; 24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?
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