What Do the Bible and Quran Say About "new"?

by Prof.dr. Ibrahim Khalil - Date: 2007-05-20 - Word Count: 1393 Share This!

Before dealing with the topic of the "New" in Quran versus Bible versus sciences, it is mandatory to remember that the total words in the Bible are 788,280 while the total words in the Quran are 77,473. It follows that, the Bible is more than 10 times the Quran word-wise.
"New" is mentioned 136 times in the Bible and eight times in the Quran, i.e. the Bible mentions "New" 17 times more than the Quran
In other words, the Bible has the potential of more than 10 times (word-wise) and 17 times (subject-wise) than the Quran to talk about "New"

"New" in the Bible:

In the Bible, The Lord says: "I will do a new thing, new things do I declare, I have shewed thee new things from this time" and the Bible says that the Lord hath created a new thing in the earth, all things are become new, they are new every morning. However, the Bible declares that there is no new thing under the sun.
In addition, many things are "New" in the Bible and they are: Wine, Moon, Moons, Meat, Cart, Song, Testament, Man, Jerusalem, Garment, Heavens, Earth, House, Ropes Commandment, Gate, Covenant, Spirit, Cloth, Name, King, Wife, Cords, Jawbone of an ass, Sword, Cruse, Court, Way, Timber, Instrument, Tomb, Tongues, Sepulcher, Lump, Creature, and Newborn.

"New" Thing(s):
The Lord says: "I will do a new thing, new things do I declare, I have shewed thee new things from this time" and the Bible says that the Lord hath created a new thing in the earth, all things are become new, they are new every morning. However, the Bible declares that there is no new thing under the sun.

The Lord is always making "New" things:

Isaiah 42:9 ...new things do I declare...
Isaiah 43:19 ...I will do a new thing...
Isaiah 48:6 ...I have shewed thee new things from this time,
Jeremiah 31:22 ...the Lord hath created a new thing in the earth,
Lamentations 3:23, they are new every morning
Matthew 13:52 ...his treasure things new and old.
Acts 17:21 ...some new thing
2 Corinthians 5:17 ...all things are become new.
Revelation 21:5 ... I make all things new...

However, the Bible says that there is no new thing under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 1:9
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 1:10
Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.

What if some men have provoked the Lord?

Numbers 16:30
But if the Lord make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the Lord.

The New Wine and Drinking:

New Wine is mentioned 18 times in the Bible in Nehemiah 10:39, Nehemiah 13:5, Nehemiah 13:12, Proverbs 3:10, Isaiah 24:7, Isaiah 65:8, Hosea 4:11, Hosea 9:2, Joel 1:5, Joel 1:10, Joel 3:18, Haggai 1:11, Zechariah 9:17, Matthew 9:17, Mark 2:22, Luke 5:37, Luke 5:38 and Acts 2:13.

Joshua 9:13 And these bottles of wine, which we filled, were new.
Matthew 26:29 ...I drink it new with you...
Mark 14:25 ....I drink it new in the kingdom of God.
Luke 5:39
No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.

Furthermore, "New" is mentioned more than ten times, more than three times, twice and once in the following verses:

"New" is cited more than ten times in the Bible:
New Moons are mentioned 11 times in:
1 Chronicles 23:31 , 2 Chronicles 2:4, 2 Chronicles 8:13, 2 Chronicles 31:3, Ezra 3:5, Nehemiah 10:33, Isaiah 1:13,
Isaiah 1:14, Ezekiel 45:17, Ezekiel 46:3 and Hosea 2:11

New Moon is found ten times in the Bible in:
1 Samuel 20:5 , 1 Samuel 20:18, 1 Samuel 20:24, 2 Kings 4:23 , Psalm 81:3, Isaiah 66:23, Ezekiel 46:1, Ezekiel 46:6, Amos 8:5 and Colossians 2:16

New Song is mentioned ten times in the Bible in:
Psalm 33:3, Psalm 40:3, Psalm 96:1, Psalm 98:1, Psalm 144:9, Psalm 149:1, Isaiah 42:10, Revelation 5:9, and Revelation 14:3,

"New" is quoted more than three times in the Bible:

New Testament in Matthew 26:28, Mark 14:24, Luke 22:20, 1 Corinthians 11:25, 2 Corinthians 3:6 and Hebrews 9:15

New Man in Ephesians 2:15, Ephesians 4:24 and Colossians 3:10

New Garment
2 Samuel 21:16, 1 Kings 11:29, 1 Kings 11:30 and Luke 5:36.

New Heavens and a New Earth in Isaiah 65:17, Isaiah, 66:22, 2 Peter 3:13 and Revelation 21:1

New Commandment in John 13:34, 1 John 2:7, 1 John 2:8 and 2 John 1:5

New Cart in 1 Samuel 6:7, 2 Samuel 6:3 and 1 Chronicles 13:7

New Covenant in Jeremiah 31:31, Hebrews 8:8, Hebrews 8:13 and Hebrews 12:24

New Spirit in Ezekiel 11:19, Ezekiel 18:31 and Ezekiel 36:26

"New" is mentioned twice in the Bible:
New Meat in Leviticus 23:16 and Numbers 28:26
New House in Deuteronomy 20:5 and Deuteronomy 22:8
New Ropes in Judges 16:11 and Judges 16:12
New Jerusalem in Revelation 3:12 and Revelation 21:2
New Gate of the Lord's house in Jeremiah 26:10 and Jeremiah 36:10
New Cloth in Matthew 9:16 and Mark 2:21
New Name in Isaiah 62:2 and Revelation 2:17
New gods in Deuteronomy 32:17 and Judges 5:8
New fruit in Ezekiel 47:12 and Song of Solomon 7:13
New doctrine in Mark 1:27 and Acts 17:19

"New" is cited once in the Bible:
New king in Exodus 1:8
New wife in Deuteronomy 24:5
New cords in Judges 15:13
New jawbone of an ass in Judges 15:15
New sword in 2 Samuel 21:16
New cruse in 2 Kings 2:20
New court in 2 Chronicles 20:5
New timber in Ezra 6:4
New Bottles in Job 32:19.
New sharp threshing instrument in Isaiah 41:15
New tomb in Matthew 27:60
New tongues in Mark 16:17
New sepulcher in John 19:41
New lump in 1 Corinthians 5:7
New creature in Galatians 6:15
New and living way in Hebrews 10:20
Newborn babes in 1 Peter 2:2

"New" in the Quran:

The Quran says that Allah can easily replace mankind with a New Creation. Then the Quran uses "New" in a deep theological meaning that is the Afterlife and meeting the Lord, the Almighty Creator.
The Ignorant Unbeliever Arabs denied the Afterlife and put some questions about it, the Quran provides the answer for their questions, gives the outcome of the Unbelievers who deny the Afterlife and grants a Reward for them

Allah can easily replace mankind with a New Creation:

do you not see that Allah has created the heavens and the earth with truth? if he will, he can remove you and bring (in your place) a new creation?

[15] o mankind! You are the poor in your relation to Allah. it is you who are in need of Allah. and Allah! he is the absolute, the rich, the self-sufficient, the one free of all wants, worthy of all praise.
[16] if he will, he can take you off and bring (instead of you) a new creation.

What the Ignorant Unbeliever Arabs Said about the Afterlife:

they say: "what! when we are reduced (turned to) to bones, and dust (broken bits and decayed particles), shall we really be raised up, being a new creation?

and they say: "what! when we have become destroyed and lost, in the earth, shall we indeed be in a creation renewed? Nay, they deny, they are disbelievers in the meeting with their lord.

the unbelievers say: 'shall we show you a man who will tell you that when you have become dispersed and have been utterly torn into pieces you will be raised in a new creation?

This is the answer for their question:

Were we then getting tired or fatigued with the first creation? No, indeed; yet they are confused and in doubt about a new creation.

And this is the outcome of the Unbelievers:

if you would wonder, then wondrous is their saying: 'when we are dust, shall we be raised to life again, a new creation? ' such are those who disbelieve in their lord. their necks shall be fettered. they shall be the inhabitants of the fire, in it they shall dwell and live for ever.

What a Reward!

that is their reward (recompense) because they disbelieved our revelations and said: when we are bones and fragments shall we, forsooth, be raised up as a new creation?

Back to the main topic of my series of articles (1- 62); this is my question to you smart readers: "Is the Quran quoted from the Bible "?

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Professor Dr. Ibrahim Khalil
Prof. of Clinical and Chemical Pathology,
Head of Clinical Microbiology and Infection Control Unit,
Ain-Shams University. Cairo, Egypt.
And, President of The Egyptian Society of Inventors.
Member of the Egyptian union of Writers

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