|Study Of The Qur'an|
|Written by mquran.org|
|Monday, 20 November 2006|
2:251 makes reference to an important event in Jewish history - the Israelites' victory over the Philistines during the period of the Prophet Samuel. In this battle, the young Dāwūd (David) distinguished himself by killing the formidable Philistine warrior, Jālūt (Goliath), and his heroism had important consequences for later Israelite history. But 2:251 does not simply relate an event in Biblical history; it touches on a number of issues of religious significance, so that it can justifiably be cited as an instance of Qur'ānic i'jāz (terseness). A translation of the verse is followed by commentary.
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