Refuting the “Corrupted Torah” Muslim argument based on Jeremiah 8:8 in literally 2 minutes
In advance, I apologise for wasting the time of the well informed but believe it or not, in a bid to show the Torah of the Bible, the same one which the Quran does nothing but affirm and endorse all book long, the same one of which the Prophet Muhammed said,
“I believed in thee and in him who revealed thee!” (Sunan Abi Dawud 4449)
has been corrupted, an argument is made out of the below verse,
“How can you say, ‘We are wise, and the law of the Lord is with us’?
Look, the false pen of the scribe certainly works falsehood.”
The argument is that the Jews did not have the Torah at the time of Jeremiah because false scribes had corrupted it.
A cursory reading of the entire book of Jeremiah is all that is needed to make a laughing stock of this claim but rather than delve into the context of the above verse, I would focus on whether the Torah was truly unavailable during the era “the weeping prophet” prophesied.
What kingly era did Jeremiah prophesy during?
“The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, to whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month.”
Note that one of the kings Jeremiah prophesied under was Josiah. Josiah was known for his extensive religious reforms in Judah. What drove that reform?
“Then Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe, “I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the Lord.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.”
(2 Kings 22:8)
The Torah was clearly in existence during the time of Josiah therefore it was in existence during the time of Jeremiah.
If this is the case, the Jeremiah 8:8 argument fails miserably,
Shall we carry on with our lives then…?