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 Post subject: Verses 19:7-9
PostPosted: 05 Jun 2009, 11:07 
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 Post subject: Re: Verses 19:7-9
PostPosted: 23 Jan 2010, 07:25 
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{19:7} [He was told], "O Zechariah, indeed We give you good tidings of a boy whose name will be John. We have not assigned to any before [this] name."

The understanding that the name John was never given before John the Baptist is a popular understanding from this verse. That may be a historical fact, but I disagree that the Arabic so means. The word سمِيّ is derived from سما , not from سَمّى . That is why I agree with Yusuf Ali on his choice of "one with distinction." I suggest,

{19:7} [It was said unto him,] "O Zechariah! We bring you glad tidings of a son whose name is John. We did not assign it to a dignitary before."

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 Post subject: Re: Verses 19:7-9
PostPosted: 23 Jan 2010, 07:32 
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This debate is above my pay level. :D

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