The True Torah

As for the story of Lot and his daughters and the apostasy of some of the prophets recorded in the Torah and the Psalms, these confused dreams are the words of historians among the People of the Book for which God has revealed no authority.  Know, then, that the Torah is only what was revealed in the tablets to Moses (peace be upon him) and what he was commanded to observe.  As for the stories, this is a historical matter.  They were written after Moses (peace be upon him) and the proof is that the final book records and reports on events that happened after Moses.  This is clear, unassailable evidence that the stories were written after Moses (peace be upon him).  Those words, which are stories and tales, are not dependable.  God revealed no authority for them because that noble Book and grand oration consists of the tablets that Moses came down the mountain with and the words he addressed to the tribe of Israel in a conclusive text of laws.  Therefore, do not be scandalized by the stories that issued from the pens of the historians who came after Moses because they are not the verses clearly set down in the scriptures and tablets.

`Abdu’l-Baha to Yusuf Bek Khusafi, excerpted by Ishraq Khavari, Muhadarat, 1:342.

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11 Responses to The True Torah

  1. Amal says:

    Thanks Will. This Tablet is also published in vol. 3 of Makatib where the text is a bit clearere:
    http://reference.bahai.org/fa/t/ab/MA3/ma3-170.ht

    Notice that is reads "aw mA umira bihi" – "or that which was commanded unto Him". You may want to change this in your translation.

    I liked the way you translated "lA tastaghribU" as "do not be scandalized" – great translation. Keep them coming.

  2. WMcCants says:

    Thanks Amal. You are right and I’ve made the change.

    Matt, those are great questions. I leave it to you and others more capable than I to do the deeper interpretive and comparative work.

  3. Mykgerard says:

    Wow Will, I've often pondered this exact thing for years. It is such a relief to read this finally. My wife Lacey asked your father for a copy of the prayer I'm supposing you translated for Gavin's passing and he gave a link to your site. I'm very happy to have found this site. Thank you for your provisional work!

  4. Brett says:

    You may be interested in this letter on this topic: http://bahai-library.com/uhj_lot_daughters

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  9. Head gasket says:

    They were written after Moses (peace be upon him) and the proof is that the final book records and reports on events that happened after Moses. This is clear, unassailable evidence that the stories were written after Moses.

  10. Muhammed says:

    Allahu Abha! I didn't comprehend one thing after reading that statement of Abdulbaha. In Book of Certitutde, Bahaullah states that Tora is The Tora and has not been altered or changed as many Muslims believe. He makes same statements for New Testament also. So Why then Abdulbaha says that every statements of Tora is not Word of God , but historians add some tales and stories after Moses. Doesn't it mean People had changed The Word of God or at least added some fake stories? I just didn't understand it.

  11. Les Locke says:

    I love the story of Lot.

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