Let Me Rephrase That - Your Layman's Guide to Abrogations

Paperback 204 pages


Yes, my cover art is a rendition of a picture of George Burns from a poster for the 1977 Warner Bros. film "Oh, God!". Like the movie, I hope you will consider Let Me Rephrase That! a mildly irreverent but never gratuitous treatment of a reverential figure.

16:101 And if We replace a verse by another – and Allah knows best what He reveals – they say: “You [Muhammad] are only a forger.” Surely, most of them do not know.

A historical and motivational context, as I have been providing in my books on the Koran is important in understanding the Message. But, perhaps even more significant is knowing what revealed truths (immutable facts communicated to a mortal by a god), as inconceivable as it may seem, have been abrogated i.e. repealed or modified.



A Harvest of Contradictions

The Before and After Solution

One Abrogating One

A Change of Heart

A Change of Direction

Entering a House Other Than Your Own

Charity Becomes a Tax

Something for the Tax Collector

Allah Becomes an Unforgiving God

Indoctrination and War Go Hand-in-Hand

Safa, Marwa and the Religion of Abraham

From Curser to a Pardoner of Jews

Providing for a Widow

Dying a Believer by Doing What a Believer Does

A Blood-Money Conundrum I

Overcoming Ten to Overcoming Two

Marriage is Good, Adultery Bad

From Whipping to Pardoning Slanderers of Chaste Women

Generalities about a Woman's Finery

Slave-Girls and Children Close By and You're Naked

Murderers Beware

Wives for the Messenger

The Prophet as Savior

They Also Carry Allah's Throne

Wages for the Messenger

Many Abrogating One

He Said, She Said!


The Manifest Victory

A Blood-Money Conundrum II

Wills and Testaments

The Divorce Ransom and Marriage to an Impotent Man

One Abrogating Many

More Brides For Believers

Mercy for Adulterers!

The Bedouins Learn Their Lesson

Civil Wars Also Changes Gods

Hell Is for Those Who Love Life

Not All Poets Are Perverts

First, Kill All the Unbelievers

Myth of the Month of Revelations

Evidence of a Master Copy of the Koran in Paradise

Verse of the Sword

Abrogation and Genocide

A Declaration of War


Verse of the Tax


Putting Words in God's Mouth



Index of Abrogated Verses