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The word came: “O Noah! Come down (from the Ark) with peace from Us, and blessing on thee and on some of the peoples (who will spring) from those with thee: but (there will be other) peoples to whom We shall grant their pleasures (for a time), but in the end will a grievous penalty reach them from Us.”

Maurice Bucaille writes,

There is a second highly significant subject of comparison between the Bible and the Quran; descriptions of the deluge. In actual fact., the Biblical narration is a fusion of two descriptions in which events are related differently. The Bible speaks of a universal flood and places it roughly 300 years before Abraham.

According to what we know of Abraham, this would imply a universal cataclysm around the twenty-first or twenty-second century BC. This story would be untenable, in view of presently available historical data. How can we accept the idea that, in the twenty-first or twenty second century BC, all civilization was wiped off the face of the earth by a universal cataclysm, when we know that this period corresponds, for example, to the one preceding the Middle Kingdom in Egypt, at roughly the date of the first Intermediary period before the eleventh dynasty? It is historically unacceptable to maintain that , at this time, humanity was totally wiped out. None of the preceding state is acceptable according modern knowledge. From this point of view, we can measure the enormous gap separating the Bible from the Quran.

In contrast to the Bible, the narration contained in the Quran deals with a cataclysm that is limited to Noah’s people. They were punished for their sins, as were other ungodly peoples. The Quran does not fix the cataclysm in time. There are absolutely no historical or archaeological objections to the narration in the Quran.


Bucaille, Maurice. The Quran and Modern Science. (1995) The Quran and Modern Science (

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