The Village of the Apes and Swine, part 1

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  1. θ says:

    The only known curse that befalls the Sabbath-breakers is a transformation to be apes, per Q.2, v.65, and Q.7, v.166.
    But the more severer curse that befalls the accursed ones (either Gentiles or Jews) is a transformation to be both apes “and” swine, per Q.5, v.60.

    So, actually Q.5, v.60 makes a comparison between the “worse” accursed ones (regardless their race) and the “bad” ones of the Ahl Kitabs.
    Curse of God befalls upon many differing groups other than a Sabbath-breaker, namely the betrayers, sowers of division among people, and destroyers of people, per Q.13, v.25. Hence, the accursed ones include the Gentile and the Jews both.

    Curse of shapeshifting on the Gentile of Babylon.
    Dan 4:33
    Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from people and ate grass like the ox. His body was drenched with the dew of Heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird.

    Curse of shapeshifting on the ancient men:
    //www.come-and-hear.com/sanhedrin/sanhedrin_109.html
    R. Jeremiah b. Eleazar said: They split up into three parties. One said, ‘Let us ascend and dwell there;’ the second, ‘Let us ascend and serve idols;’ and the third said, ‘Let us ascend and wage war [with God].’ The party which proposed, ‘Let us ascend, and dwell there’ — the Lord scattered them: the one that said, ‘Let us ascend and wage war’ were turned to apes, spirits, devils, and night-demons; whilst as for the party which said, ‘Let us ascend and serve idols’ — ‘for there the Lord did confound the language of all the earth.’4

    //archive.org/stream/RabbaGenesis/midrashrabbahgen027557mbp_djvu.txt
    Genesis Rabbah 23:6
    Four things changed in the days of Enosh : The mountains became [barren] rocks, the dead began to feel [the worms], men’s faces became ape-like, and they became vulnerable to demons. Said R. Isaac: They were themselves responsible for becoming vulnerable {hullin) to demons, [for they argued].What is the difference whether one prostrates himself before an image or prostrates himself before man?

    Gen Rabbah 24:6. This is the book of the descendants of Adam. These were descendants, while the earlier ones were not descendants. What then were they? Divinities! [The answer is as] Abba Cohen Bardela was asked: [Why does Scripture enumerate] Adam, Seth, and Enosh, and then become silent ? To which he answered : Hitherto they were created in the likeness and image [of God], but from then onwards Centaurs were created. Four things changed in the days of Enosh: The mountains became [barren] rocks, the dead began to feel [the worms], men’s faces became ape-like, and they became vulnerable (hullin) to demons.

  2. θ says:

    Shlomo Dov Goitein, Jews and Arabs: A Concise History of Their Social and Cultural Relations, p.51-52.
    Finally, in the Holy Book of Islam there are found unmistakably Jewish Midrashim which so far have not been traced in Hebrew literature. It was explained in the previous chapter that Muhammad did not incorporate into his new religion the idea or the practice of a day of rest. Therefore, if we find in the Koran legends praising Jews for observing the Sabbath or rebuking them for not doing so, these legends can stem only from a Jewish source.
    There is an engaging tale in the Koran about a Jewish seashore village to which fish came only on Saturdays—as long as the people observed the Sabbath—because the fish, of course, knew very well that Jews cannot do without fish on the Sabbath. According to another story, Sabbath-breakers were transformed into monkeys. Both legends may be of local origin, as monkeys are very common in Southern Arabia (while there are none in Palestine), and the Red Sea harbor, Elath, in Muhammad’s time was inhabited by Jewish fishermen. Taken together with other Midrashim appearing in the Koran but not from other sources, they may indicate some divergent Jewish tradition.

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