What is God Really Like: Tawhid or Trinity? Dr. Shabir Ally and Dr. Nabeel Qureshi Debate
Back to this debate, there’s another point that Dr. Qureshi makes, which has been made before specifically by N.T. Wright in his work on Paul. At about the 31 minute mark Dr. Qureshi says:
In 1 Corinthians 8:6 We see Paul, I’m sorry this is actually pre Pauline, as Bart Ehrman would argue, he does Argue in his new book, the earliest, even before Paul, even before Mark, Christians took the Shema, “Shema Yisrael Yahweh Eloheinu Yahweh Echad” took that and divided that up, between the father and the son.
Now let’s look at the text, of 1 Corinthians 8:6 (in the NRSV, including verse 5 for some context)
5 Indeed, even though there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as in fact there are many gods and many lords— 6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.
And here is it in the Greek.
5 καὶ γὰρ εἴπερ εἰσὶν λεγόμενοι θεοὶ εἴτε ἐν οὐρανῷ εἴτε ἐπὶ γῆς, ὥσπερ εἰσὶν θεοὶ πολλοὶ καὶ κύριοι πολλοί,
6 ἀλλ’ ἡμῖν εἷς θεὸς ὁ πατὴρ
ἐξ οὗ τὰ πάντα καὶ ἡμεῖς εἰς αὐτόν, καὶ εἷς κύριος Ἰησοῦς Χριστὸς δι’ οὗ τὰ πάντα καὶ ἡμεῖς δι’ αὐτοῦ.
Now then, let’s look at the Shema from Deuteronomy 6:4, I’m going to quote it 3 times, English (NRSV), Greek (LXX) and the Hebrew.
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.[a]
[a]Or The Lord our God is one Lord, or The Lord our God, the Lord is one, or The Lord is our God, the Lord is one
Here it is in the LXX
῎Ακουε, Ισραηλ· κύριος ὁ θεὸς ἡμῶν κύριος εἷς ἐστιν·
And Finally the Hebrew.
שמע ישראל יהוה אלהינו יהוה ׀ אחד ׃
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