The Bible, the Quran, and Science

by Dr. Maurice Bucaille

THE HOLY SCRIPTURES EXAMINED IN THE LIGHT
OF MODERN KNOWLEDGE

 Translated from French

by Alastair D. Pannell and The Author

(Does not include the entire book)

 

Table of Contents

bullet Foreword
bullet Introduction
bullet OLD TESTAMENT
bullet General Outlines
bullet Origins of the Bible
bullet The Books of the Old Testament 
bullet The Torah or Pentateuch
bullet The Historical Books
bullet The Prophetic Books
bullet The Books of Poetry and Wisdom
bullet The Old Testament and Science Findings
bullet The Creation of the World
bullet The Date of the World's Creation and the date of Man's Appearance on Earth
bullet The Flood
bullet Position Of Christian Authors With Regard To Scientific Error In The Biblical Texts
bullet A Critical Examination
bullet Conclusions
bullet THE GOSPELS
bullet Introduction
bullet Historical Reminder
bullet Judeo-Christianity and Saint Paul
bullet The Four Gospels
bullet Sources and History
bullet The Gospel according to Matthew
bullet The Gospel according to Mark
bullet The Gospel According to Luke
bullet The Gospel according to John
bullet Sources of the Gospels
bullet History of the Texts
bullet The Gospels and Modern Science
bullet The General Genealogies of Jesus
bullet The Genealogies of Jesus
bullet The Book of the Genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham
bullet Genealogy of Jesus, before David
bullet Genealogy of Jesus, After David
bullet Variation in the Manuscripts and in Relations to the Old Testament
bullet a) Matthew's Gospel
bullet b) Luke's Gospel
bullet Critical Examinations of the Texts
bullet 1. The Period from Adam to Abraham
bullet 2. The Period from Abraham to David.
bullet 3. The Post-David Period.
bullet Commentaries of Modern Experts in Exegesis
bullet Contradictions and Improbabilities in the Descriptions
bullet Descriptions of the Passion
bullet John's Gospel does not describe the Institution of the Eucharist
bullet Appearences of Jesus raised from the Dead
bullet Ascension of Jesus
bullet Jesus's Last Dialougue - The Paraclete of John's Gospel
bullet Conclusions
bullet THE QURAN AND MODERN SCIENCE
bullet Introduction
bullet Authenticity of the Quran
bullet How It Came to be Written
bullet The Creation of the Heavens and the Earth
bullet Differences from and resemblances to the Biblical Description
bullet The Six Periods of the Creation
bullet The Quran does not lay down a sequence for the creation of the Earth and Heavens
bullet The basic process of the formation of the Universe and the resulting composition of the Worlds
bullet Some modern Scientific data concerning the formation of the Universe
bullet The Solar System
bullet The Galaxies
bullet Formation and Evolution of Galaxies, Stan and Planetary Systems
bullet The Concept of the Plurality of the Worlds
bullet Interstellar Material
bullet Confrontation with the data in the Quran concerning the creation
bullet Answer to Certain Objections
bullet Astronomy in the Quran
bullet A. General reflections concerning the Sky
bullet B. Nature of Heavenly Bodies
bullet The Sun and the Moon
bullet The Stars
bullet The Planets
bullet The Lowest Heaven
bullet C. Celestial Organization
bullet The Existence of the Moon's and the Sun's Orbits
bullet 1. The Moon's Orbit
bullet 2. The Sun
bullet Reference to the Movement of the Moon and the Sun in Space With Their Own Motion
bullet The Sequence of Day and Night
bullet D. Evolutions of the Heavens
bullet The Expansion of the Universe
bullet E. The conquest of Space
bullet The Earth
bullet A. Verses containing general statements
bullet B. The Water cycle and the Seas
bullet The Seas
bullet C. The Earth's Relief
bullet D. The Earth's Atmosphere
bullet Altitude
bullet Electricity in the Atmosphere
bullet Shadows
bullet The Animal and Vegetable Kingdoms
bullet A. The Origins of Life
bullet B. The Vegetable Kingdom
bullet Balance in the Vegetable Kingdom
bullet The Different Qualities of Various Foods
bullet Reproduction in the Vegetable Kingdom
bullet C. The Animal Kingdom
bullet 1. Reproduction in the Animal Kingdom
bullet 2. References to the Existence of Animal Communities
bullet 3. Statements Concerning Bees, Spiders and Birds
bullet Bees
bullet Spiders
bullet Birds
bullet 4. The Source of the Constituents of Animal Milk
bullet Human Reproduction
bullet Reminder of certain basic concepts
bullet Human Reproduction in the Quran
bullet 1. Fertilization is Performed by Only a Very Small Volume of Liquid
bullet 2. The Constituents of the Fertilizing Liquid
bullet 3. The Implantation of the Egg In the Female Genital Organs.
bullet 4. Evolution of the Embryo inside the Uterus
bullet The Quran and Sex Education
bullet QURANIC AND BIBLICAL NARRATIONS
bullet The Flood
bullet The Exodus
bullet The Exodus according to the Bible
bullet The Exodus according to the Quran
bullet Confrontation between Scriptural data and Modern Knowledge
bullet 1. Examination of Certain Details Contained in the Narrations The Hebrews in Egypt
bullet The Plagues of Egypt
bullet The Route Taken by the Exodus
bullet The Miraculous Parting of the Waters
bullet 2. The Point Occupied by the Exodus in the History of the Pharaohs
bullet 3. Rameses II, Pharaoh of the Oppression Merneptah, Pharaoh of the Exodus
bullet The Problem of the Stele Dating from the Fifth Year of Merneptah's Reign
bullet 4. The Description Contained in the Holy Scriptures of the Pharaoh's Death During the Exodus.
bullet 5. Pharaoh Merneptah's Mummy
bullet General Conclusions

 

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In his objective study of the texts, Maurice Bucaille clears' away many preconceived ideas about the Old Testament, the Gospels and the Quran. He tries, in this collection of Writings, to separate what belongs to Revelation from what is the product of error or human interpretation. His study sheds new light on the Holy Scriptures. At the end of a gripping account, he places the Believer before a point of cardinal importance: the continuity of a Revelation emanating from the same God, with modes of expression that differ in the course of time. It leads us to meditate upon those factors which, in our day, should spiritually unite rather than divide-Jews, Christians and Muslims.

As a surgeon, Maurice Bucaille has often been in a situation where he was able to examine not only people's bodies, but their souls. This is how he was struck by the existence of Muslim piety and by aspects of Islam which remain unknown to the vast majority of non-Muslims. In his search for explanations which are otherwise difficult to obtain, he learnt Arabic and studied the Quran. In it, he was surprised to find statements on natural phenomena whose meaning can only be understood through modern scientific knowledge.

He then turned to the question of the authenticity of the writings that constitute the Holy Scriptures of the monotheistic religions. Finally, in the case of the Bible, he proceeded to a confrontation between these writings and scientific data.

The results of his research into the Judeo-Christian Revelation and the Quran are set out in this book.