The Tanakh, The Quran, and Equality

The Tanakh is perhaps the worst Scripture in respects to Equality. In addition to the disadvantaging women and the disabled, the Tanakh also appears to promote violent nationalism.

If you are a Jew/Israeli, you are supposedly of a higher race “chosen people” with Israel being the reward for righteousness. Generations of Jews have died trying to reach Israel while following Moses from Egypt.

Many Inhabitants of the Ancient Israeli boundaries are still killed today in order to make room for the current Jews still trying to return to modern Israel.

Inequality for the disabled, deformed, and injured in Judaism:

Tanakh Logic: The Tanakh claims that people who are seeing impaired are desecrated, thus disqualified to be Rabbis;

“The Lord said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, None of your descendants throughout their generations who has a blemish may approach to offer the bread of his God.  For no one who has a blemish shall draw near, -a man blind or a defect in his sight- no man of the descendants of Aaron the Rabbi who has a blemish shall come near to offer the Lord’s offerings by fire; since he has a blemish, he shall not come near to offer the bread of his God.  he shall not come near the veil or approach the altar, because he has a blemish, that he may not profane my sanctuaries; for I am the Lord who sanctify them.”  (Leviticus 21:16-23)

Jewish Excuse: None available.

Quran Logic: The Quran corrects the Tanakh in that it does not differentiate between a human’s physical form in relation to their benevolence.

Furthermore, if certain rituals cannot be fulfilled because of a person’s physical limitations, the Holy Quran exempts the individual from any guilt and these people are equally promised Heaven just as other believers:

“No blame is there on the blind, nor is there blame on the lame, nor for the sick (if they do not go forth): But he that obeys Allah and his Messenger, – (Allah) will admit him to Gardens beneath which rivers flow; and he who turns back, (Allah) will punish him with a grievous Penalty.  (Quran 48:17)

Inequality for Women in Judaism:

Bible Logic; How does Eve, the mother of all human beings, measure in the Bible compared to the Quran?  Assessing the Biblical depiction of Eve reveals the root of negative stereotyping towards women;

“When God asked Adam why he ate from the forbidden tree, he answered, according to the Bible.”  And the man said, the Woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.  And the Lord God said unto the woman, what is this that thou hast done?  And the woman said, the serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.”  (Genesis 3:12-13)

“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise the head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.  Unto the woman he (God) said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.”  (Genesis 3:15-16)

As we can see in this scenario, Adam played a great part in committing the sin of eating from the forbidden tree, so why was it blamed on Eve?

Jewish Excuse; None available.

Quranic Logic: The Quran gives a non-biased narration, dispelling the gender inequality that the Bible portrays;

“Then did Satan make them slip from the (garden), and get them out of the state (of felicity) in which they had been.  We said: “Get ye down, all (ye people), with enmity between yourselves.  On earth will be your dwelling-place and your means of livelihood – for a time.”  (Quran 2:36)

“Then began Satan to whisper suggestions to them, bringing openly before their minds all their shame that was hidden from them (before): he said: “Your Lord only forbade you this tree, lest ye should become angels or such beings as live for ever.”

“And he swore to them both, that he was their sincere adviser.  So by deceit he brought about their fall: when they tasted of the tree, their shame became manifest to them, and they began to hide (by heaping) on themselves some of the leaves of the Garden.”

“And their Lord called them, (saying): Did I not forbid you from that tree and tell you: Lo!  Satan is an open enemy to you?  They said: “Our Lord!  We have wronged our own souls: If thou forgive us not and bestow not upon us Thy Mercy, we shall certainly be lost.”  (Quran 7:20-23)

In summary, while the Bible solely blames it on Eve, the Quran holds both Adam and Eve responsible and equally forgives both.

Bible Logic; A disproportionate amount of Biblical wrath befell Eve in comparison to Adam.  Malicious and agonizing punishments were thrust onto Eve, while the Bible maintains Adam’s relative innocence.

“And the man said, the woman whom Thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.”  (Genesis 3:12)  In turn, Eve blames the Serpent for hoaxing her.

Although Adam indirectly guiltily accuses God “Thou gavest to be with me”, Eve is unfairly cursed four more times than Adam is.  The four additional curses on Eve are delineated in Genesis;

“Unto the woman He said, (1st) I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and (2nd) thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; (3rd) and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and (4th) he shall rule over thee.”  (Genesis 3:16)

Adam’s sin exceeded Eve’s in the Biblical enactment because Adam succumbed to temptation quicker and through less influence than Eve endured with the serpent.  Adam was reprimanded to a lesser degree, for a larger crime.

“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which God had made.”  (Genesis 3:1)

Adam’s scolding was a fraction to Eve’s curses.  The retributions placed on Adam were in fact additional damnations placed on Eve;

“And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; (1st) in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life”

“Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; (2nd)and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face (3rd) shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return” (Genesis 3:17-19)

We recognize that Adam is given three in contrast to the four curses on Eve.  Additional assessment reveals that Adam’s dietary curses actually afflict Eve as well.  Therefore, Eve suffers four separate curses and jointly shares Adam’s three eating maledictions. Paul in the Bible expounds on Eve’s curses by saying; “…Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.  Yet woman will be saved through bearing children” (1 Timothy 2:14-15) Paul reiterates the Biblical perspective that Eve was debauched, hence women must suffer for retribution, while Adam, and men owe no supplementary penance.

Jewish Excuse; None available.

Quranic Logic: The Holy Quran counters the fallacious accusations placed on Eve;

“But Satan whispered evil to him: he said, “O Adam!  shall I lead thee to the Tree of Eternity and to a kingdom that never decays?”  In the result, they both ate of the tree, and so their nakedness appeared to them: both began to cover themselves with leaves of the garden, thus and Adam disobeyed his Lord, so went astray.”  (Quran 20:120-121)

The Quran expels the chauvinistic accusation that Eve was the lone perpetrator.  The Quran also places Adam at the scene of the transgression and acknowledges he also spoke with Satan.  Consequently, Adam and Eve were equally punished for their disobedience.  In Conclusion, the women in the world are not indebted for any additional deeds towards Salvation, according to the Quran.

Tanakh Logic: The Tanakh states that if two men were beating each other up, and the wife of one of them interfered, she should have her hand chopped off (Deuteronomy 25:11-12);

Jewish Excuse: 1st) the woman could have hurt the attacker’s ability to have children by intentionally or accidentally hurting is genitals.  2nd) the woman was punished because she committed immodesty by touching another man’s genitals

Rebuttal; 1st) This is a very pathetic excuse for cutting a woman’s hand off, In fact, the same excuse can be used to justify the woman interfering for she could lose her husband’s life if he were to get beaten up severely enough, and further more, if her hand was cut off, it would be her who would be left handicapped.  Let us look even deeper into the reasons why the Tanakh Scholars excuses are invalid for this unjust passage;

1) If her hand is chopped off, she can not hold her own children

2) The unjustly accused woman possibly saved her husband from also being hurt or killed.

3) Bravery and devotion to the husband is looked upon as a punishable act.

Hence, the first excuse is invalid because it can be reversed to justify the woman “interfering” with her husband being attacked.

2nd) The woman was not committing adultery because the act of touching another man was in the form of self-defense (protecting her husband) and in no way for foul purposes.

Quran Logic: Nowhere in the Holy Quran is this horrid law repeated and even if the woman’s intentions were ill willed, the Quran is not as severe as the Tanakh;

“The woman and the man guilty of adultery or fornication, – flog each of them with a hundred stripes: Let not compassion move you in their case, in a matter prescribed by Allah, if ye believe in Allah and the Last Day: and let a party of the Believers witness their punishment.”  (Quran 24:2)

Tanakh Logic: In another deviation within the Tanakh, a divorced woman is to be thrown out of her home (Deuteronomy 24:1)

“When a man hath taken a wife, and married her and it come to pass that she find no favor in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.”

It is a shameful punishment for a woman to be sent out of the home that her and her husband shared.

This manner of removing women from their former homes is repeated in the following passage;

“And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house” (Deuteronomy 24:3)

Jewish Excuse: None available.

Quran Logic: The Holy Quran teaches us that a man has no right to send out a woman he has divorced from the home, leaving her to be homeless in the streets:

“O Prophet!  When ye (men) divorce women, divorce them for their (legal) period and reckon the period, and keep your duty to Allah, your Lord.  Expel them not from their houses nor let them go forth unless they commit open immorality.  Such are the limits (imposed by) Allah; and whoso transgresseth Allah’s limits, he verily wrongeth his soul.  Thou knowest not: it may be that Allah will afterward bring some new thing to pass” (Quran 65:1)

Tanakh Logic: In (Numbers 27:8-11), Moses describes the rules of inheritance that God presumably has stated.  If a man dies, his son inherits the estate; his daughter gets nothing.  Only if there is no son, then the daughter inherits.  If there are no children, then the estate is given to the man’s brothers and his sisters get nothing.

Jewish Excuse: None available.

Quran Logic:  The Quran abolished this male greediness;

“Unto the men (of a family) belongeth a share of that which parents and near kindred leave, and unto the women a share of that which parents and near kindred leave, whether it be little or much a legal share.”  (Quran 4:7)

“And unto you belongeth a half of that which your wives leave, if they have no child; but if they have a child then unto you the fourth of that which they leave, after any legacy they may have bequeathed, or debt (they may have contracted, hath been paid).  And unto them belongeth the fourth of that which ye leave if ye have no child, but if ye have a child then the eighth of that which ye leave, after any legacy ye may have bequeathed, or debt (…ye may have contracted, hath been paid).  And if a man or a woman have a distant heir (having left neither parent nor child), and he (or she) have a brother or a sister (only on the mother’s side) then to each of them twain (the brother and the sister) the sixth, and if they be more than two, then they shall be sharers in the third, after any legacy that may have been bequeathed or debt (contracted) not injuring (the heirs by willing away more than a third of the heritage) hath been paid.  A commandment from Allah.  Allah is knower, Indulgent.”  (Quran 4:12)

Inequality for Children in Judaism:

Tanakh Logic: The Tanakh allows the selling of your own children to be slaves and provides legislation for such a transaction;

“And if a man sell his daughter to be a slave, she shall not go out as the men slaves do.  If she pleases not her master, who hath betrothed her to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed: to sell her unto a strange nation he shall have no power, seeing he hath dealt deceitfully with her.”  (Exodus 21:7-8)

Jewish Excuse: None available.

Quran Logic: The Holy Quran forbids humans enslaving other humans:

“It is not (possible) for any human being unto whom Allah had given the Scripture and wisdom and the prophethood that he should afterwards have said unto mankind: Be slaves of me instead of Allah; but (what he said was): Be ye faithful servants of the Lord by virtue of your constant teaching of the Scripture and of your constant study thereof.”  (Quran 3:79)

Second, the Holy Quran teaches to protect your children and not to forsake them for money:

“Slay not your children, for fear of poverty, We shall provide for them and for you.  Surely the slaying of them is great sin.”  (Quran 17:31)

Equality for Rabbis

Tanakh Logic: The Tanakh talks about the Rabbis as humans picked by God above all other humans and regardless of what they do, they are unconditionally chosen above all by God;

“For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people” (Deuteronomy 7:6-7)

God in the Tanakh did not choose Rabbis because they were sinless;

“Understand therefore, that the LORD thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stubborn people.”  (Deuteronomy 9:6)

Instead, the Tanakh says that all Rabbis are unconditionally chosen above all other humans because of a promise made to their forefathers;

“But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.”  (Deuteronomy 7:8)


“Do you Israelites think you are more important to me than the Ethiopians ?” asks the LORD. “I brought you out of Egypt, but have I not done as much for other nations, too? I brought the Philistines from Crete and led the Arameans out of Kir” Amos 9:7

Jewish Excuse: None available.

Quran Logic: God states in the Quran that the favor towards Rabbis was conditional:

“And We gave (Clear) Warning to the Children of Israel in the Book, that twice would they do mischief on the earth and be elated with mighty arrogance (and twice would they be punished)! It may be that your Lord may (yet) show Mercy unto you; but if ye revert (to your sins), We shall revert (to Our punishments): And we have made Hell a prison for those who reject (all Faith). (Quran 17:4-8)

The Quran explains, it is not who you are, it is what you do that grants you favor with God, you are chosen for your belief, not your ethnicity:

“And there are, certainly, among the People of the Book (Jews and Christians), those who believe in Allah, and that which has been revealed to you and in that which has been revealed to them, humbling themselves before Allah: They will not sell the Revelations of Allah for a miserable gain! For them is a reward with their Lord, and Allah is swift in account.” (Quran 3:199)

The Theological Intelligence Score of Judaism and Equality is “0”