Arais Al-Majalis Fi Qisas Al-Anbiya Lives of the Prophets: by Ahmad Ibn Muhammad Thalabi

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His feet were still not yet firmly stabilized, so God sent down a green gem from the highest level of Paradise. Its thickness was (the extent of) a journey of five hundred years, and He placed it between the hump and ear of the ox, and the angel's feet rested upon it. The horns of that ox protruded from all regions of the Earth and were like a prickly hedge under the Throne. The nose of the ox was in the sea, and it breathed once a day. When it exhaled, the sea would rise, and when it inhaled, it would ebb.

The names of these divisions have been determined by the translator and are placed at the top of the page next to the over-all title of the work, for example: Lives of the Prophets—Iram of the Pillars. The names of two books of translation by the present author from TabarT's History, are shortened in the footnotes. Please note: PP stands for Vol. II: Prophets and Patriarchs, while CI stands for Vol. Ill: The Children of Israel. The number of footnotes has been curtailed because of the great length of the text as a whole.

After this come the stories of the People of the Cave (the XXX11 INTRODUCTION Muslim name for the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus) and of Jirjfs (St. George), from several centuries after the time of Jesus. , which is followed immediately by the stories of events in Arabia as noted previously, leading to the coming of the Prophet Muhammad— though his story is not told in this work. In addition to these problems, the very character of several of the prophetic figures has been greatly altered through particular emphases in later times For example, in the stories about the life of Jesus he is almost primarily presented as a magician who brought the dead to life and who had many problems with his Apostles.

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