Is Muhammed The Prophet of Islam Prophesied In Deuteronomy 33:1-2?
On our website in another Question and Answer: "Is Muhammed The Prophet of Islam Prophesied In Song of Solomon 5:16?", we mentioned the fact that the Qur'an asserts the coming of Muhammed in the Bible.
There is another Bible passage Muslims assert prophesies about the coming of Muhammed, namely, Deuteronomy 33:1-2: "Now this is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death. And he said: ‘The LORD came from Sinai, and dawned on them from Seir; He shone forth from Mount Paran, And He came with ten thousands of saints; from His right hand came a fiery law for them.'"
Here is the quote of one Muslim apologist who asserts that this foretells the coming of Muhammed:
"The words quoted above may be divided into three sections. In the first the words, ‘The Lord came from Sinai' are fulfilled in the terrible works of power performed, and in the religion preached by Hazrat Musa. The words of the second section ‘He rose up from Seir unto them' find their fulfillment in Hazrat ‘Isa, and in the Injil preached by him. Then Allah mentions by the mouth of His servant a far-distant event, and in the third section the words ‘He shined forth from Mount Paran' find a wonderful and literal fulfillment in Hazrat Muhhamad.'" (quoted in Goldsack 14,15).
Are these verses foretelling the advent of Muhammed? No. Here is why:
Look closely at the geographical indicators. These are three specific areas where the nation of Israel were journeying through the wilderness for forty years. Exodus 20-24 is the historical event where God met Moses at Mount Sinai and revealed the Law for Israel to follow. In Numbers 20:14-18, Israel was going to cross Edom (where Mount Seir was located) into the promised land of Canaan. Israel also crossed through the Wilderness of Paran (Numbers 10:12; 12:16; 13:1).
These verses are not in reference to the coming of Muhammed.
Goldsack, W. Muhammad Amd The Bible: Being An Inquiry Into The Allegation That Certain Passages In The Bible Foretell Muhammad. The Christian Literature Society For India: Calcutta, 1915.
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