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5:112 The Table set from Heaven

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Behold! the disciples, said: “O Jesus the son of Mary! can thy Lord send down to us a table set (with viands) from heaven?” Said Jesus: “Fear Allah, if ye have faith.”

Some commentators believe this refers to the famed Last Supper in which Jesus and his disciples sat down to share a sumptuous meal together.  Others say it refers to a different time when a table came down from the sky with seven fishes and seven loaves of bread and that some of the disciples stole food from it, saying it might not descend to feed them the next day.  Thus, the table immediately ascended.  (At-Tabari)  It could also refer to the miracle of the loaves and fishes in which the disciples asked Jesus how they were to feed a multitude of thousands with only a few fish and loaves.  Then Jesus handed out the food and the supply was never exhausted.  (See Mark 6:33-44.)  Finally, it could have been a situation like that of his mother Mary whom her uncle Zachariah always found supplied with food, possibly by a well-wisher who was moved by God to give it to her.  Jesus prayed for the food and a well-wisher provided for them.  In this case, it could, in fact, refer to the Last Supper, though God knows better.  (See Mark 14:12-17.)  Other commentators say that the Disciples were asking for a festive banquet table so they could turn that day into an annual feast day, such as the Jews had other feast days.  (at-Tabari)


Emerick, Yahiya. The Meaning of the Holy Qur’an in Today’s English (p. 829). Unknown. Kindle Edition.

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