The Theological Values of the Teeth in the Three Religions


by Prof.dr. Ibrahim Khalil - Date: 2007-05-28 - Word Count: 1763 Share This!

Before dealing with the topic of the "Teeth" 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.
The Teeth are mentioned 47 times in the Bible and only once in the Quran, i.e. the Bible mentions the Teeth 47 times more than the Quran
In other words, the Bible has the potential of more than 10 times (word-wise) and 47 times (subject-wise) than the Quran to talk about the Teeth.

The Teeth in the Bible:

Gnashing of teeth is found in 14 verses.

God (in his anger) gnashes his teeth at Job!
(Does God have teeth? He gnashes them?)

Job 16:9
God assails me and tears me in his anger and gnashes his teeth at me; my opponent fastens on me his piercing eyes.

The wicked gnashed their teeth at David and the righteous

Psalm 35:16
Like the ungodly they maliciously mocked; they gnashed their teeth at me.
Psalm 37:12
The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them;
Psalm 112:10
The wicked man will see and be vexed, he will gnash his teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.

Lamentations 2:16
... They scoff and gnash their teeth

Matthew 8:12
But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

Matthew 13:42
They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 13:50
and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 22:13
"Then the king told the attendants, 'Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

Matthew 24:51
He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 25:30
And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
Luke 13:28
"There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out.

Mark 9:18
Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not."

Acts 7:54
[The Stoning of Stephen] When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him.

The Beast and teeth is found in three verses

Beast with three ribs in the mouth between the teeth!
Scientifically, there are no RIBS IN THE MOUTH BETWEEN THE TEETH!
Daniel 7:5
And it (beast) had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth.

Beast with iron teeth
Scientifically, Enamel which is the hardest part of the tooth is formed mainly of hydroxyapatite, which is a crystalline calcium phosphate.
IRON has nothing to do in the formation of a tooth!
Daniel 7:7
It (beast) had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left.

Beast with iron teeth and bronze claws
Daniel 7:19
"Then I wanted to know the true meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others and most terrifying, with its iron teeth and bronze claws-the beast that crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left.

The Lion and Teeth is found in five verses:

The teeth of the great lions are broken.
Job 4:10
The lions may roar and growl, yet the teeth of the great lions are broken.

David is in the midst of lions and lies among ravenous beasts (Wow!)
Psalm 57:4
I am in the midst of lions; I lie among ravenous beasts- men whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords.

O Lord, Break the fangs of the lions!
Psalm 58:6
Break the teeth in their mouths, O God; tear out, O Lord, the fangs of the lions!

A nation (without number) with teeth of a lion
Joel 1:6
A nation has invaded my land, powerful and without number; it has the teeth of a lion, the fangs of a lioness.

Their teeth were like lions' teeth.
Revelation 9:8
Their hair was like women's hair, and their teeth were like lions' teeth.

Tooth for tooth is found in four verses:
This law is given in four verses.
Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
Fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, wound for wound
Life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot

Exodus 21:24
Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
Leviticus 24:20
Fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth. As he has injured the other, so he is to be injured.
Deuteronomy 19:21
Show no pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
Matthew 5:38
[An Eye for an Eye] "You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.'

The compensation of one tooth = one servant
Exodus 21:27
And if he knocks out the tooth of a manservant or maidservant, he must let the servant go free to compensate for the tooth.

Bad tooth = reliance on the unfaithful in times of trouble (what about the times of no trouble).
Proverbs 25:19
Like a bad tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in times of trouble.

His teeth are whiter than milk.

Genesis 49:12
His eyes will be darker than wine, his teeth whiter than milk.

While the meat was between their teeth, the anger of the Lord burned
Numbers 11:33
But while the meat was still between their teeth and before it could be consumed, the anger of the Lord burned against the people, and he struck them with a severe plague.

The skin of teeth
Scientifically speaking, the teeth have NO SKIN!
Job 19:20
I am nothing but skin and bones; I have escaped with only the skin of my teeth.

Job snatched the victims from the teeth of the wicked!

Job 29:17
I broke the fangs of the wicked and snatched the victims from their teeth.

The doors of the mouth! And the fearsome teeth!
Job 41:14
Who dares open the doors of his mouth, ringed about with his fearsome teeth?

O Lord Arise and break the teeth of the wicked
Psalm 3:7
Arise, O Lord! Deliver me, O my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked.

The Lord has not let us been torn by their teeth.
Psalm 124:6
Praise be to the Lord, who has not let us be torn by their teeth.

Sluggard is as vinegar to the teeth
Proverbs 10:26
As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is a sluggard to those who send him.

Teeth are swords
Proverbs 30:14
Those whose teeth are swords and whose jaws are set with knives to devour the poor from the earth, the needy from among mankind.

Teeth are like a flock of sheep. Each has its twin.
Song of Solomon 4:2
Your teeth are like a flock of sheep just shorn, coming up from the washing. Each has its twin; not one of them is alone.
Song of Solomon 6:6
Your teeth are like a flock of sheep coming up from the washing. Each has its twin, not one of them is alone.

The Mouth is like the best wine, the wine flowing gently over lips and teeth?

Song of Solomon 7:9
and your mouth like the best wine. [Beloved] May the wine go straight to my lover, flowing gently over lips and teeth?

Lord make you into a threshing sledge, with many teeth. You will thresh the mountains and crush them
Isaiah 41:15
"See, I will make you into a threshing sledge, new and sharp, with many teeth. You will thresh the mountains and crush them, and reduce the hills to chaff.

Jeremiah 31:29
... and the children's teeth are set on edge.'

Whoever eats sour grapes?
Jeremiah 31:30
Whoever eats sour grapes-his own teeth will be set on edge.
Ezekiel 18:2
The fathers eat sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge'?

He (God) has broken my teeth with gravel
Lamentations 3:16
He (God) has broken my teeth with gravel; he has trampled me in the dust.

The Lord will take the blood from their mouths, the forbidden food from between their teeth, then they will be leaders in Judah
Zechariah 9:7
I will take the blood from their mouths, the forbidden food from between their teeth. Those who are left will belong to our God and become leaders in Judah, and Ekron will be like the Jebusites.

The Teeth in the Quran:

Allah has written in Torah that a life for a life, an eye for an eye, a nose for a nose, an ear for an ear, a tooth for a tooth, and for wounds equal retaliation, but whosoever forgoes it as a freewill offering, it will be expiation for him. Whoever does not judge according to what Allah has sent down are the wrong-doers.
The Bible does not talk about whosoever forgoes the Law a freewill offering and its reward in the afterlie!

Surah 5:45
QARIB: we have written for them a life for a life, an eye for an eye, a nose for a nose, an ear for an ear, a tooth for a tooth, and for wounds equal retaliation, but whosoever forgoes it as a freewill offering, it will be expiation for him. Whoever does not judge according to what Allah has sent down are the harm doers.

SHAKIR: and we prescribed to them in it that life is for life, and eye for eye, and nose for nose, and ear for ear, and tooth for tooth, and (that there is) reprisal in wounds; but he who foregoes it, it shall be an expiation for him; and whoever did not judge by what Allah revealed, those are they that are the unjust

PICKTHAL: and we prescribed for them therein: the life for the life, and the eye for the eye, and the nose for the nose, and the ear for the ear, and the tooth for the tooth, and for wounds retaliation. But whoso forgoeth it (in the way of charity) it shall be expiation for him. Whoso judgeth not by that which Allah hath revealed: such are wrong-doers.

YUSUFALI: we ordained therein for them: "life for life, eye for eye, nose or nose, ear for ear, tooth for tooth, and wounds equal for equal." but if any one remits the retaliation by way of charity, it is an act of atonement for him. And if any fail to judge by (the light of) what Allah hath revealed, they are (no better than) wrong-doers.

Back to the main topic of my series of articles (1- 64); this is my question to you smart readers: "Is the Quran quoted from the Bible "? And which book contradicts with sciences?


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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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