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Is Ezra the Son of GOD?
The following is an email I received by brother Matthew Smith (Yusuf); may Allah Almighty always be pleased with him.
From: "Matthew Smith" email@example.com
Subject: Uzair/Ezra the son of God
Date: Mon, 01 Apr 2002 19:09:57
I read with interest your refutation of Katz's claim that the Jews don't consider Ezra/Uzair the son of God. A few years ago, while still a student in Aberystwyth (to jog Katz's memory, my email address then was firstname.lastname@example.org - the address is now dead), I emailed Katz to suggest to him now that perhaps what was being referred to in the Qur'an was the Jews in Madina, not necessarily all Jews.
Yet in Katz's reply, he told me that the Qur'an is the only proof we have that the Jews *in Madina* said this about Ezra! (Assuming Uzair is Ezra.) So not only does he cast aspersions on the Qur'an as revelation - we can expect that from a Christian - but also he rejects it as a historical document! So if we cannot rely on the Qur'an as a document of what happened 1400 years ago (which we can of course), how can we accept his Bible as a document of events 2000-4000 years ago?!
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