82. The Rending
A.J. Droge [+]
A. J. Droge is the translator of The Qur’an: A New Annotated Translation (Equinox, 2013), and the author of Homer or Moses? Early Christian Interpretations of the History of Culture and A Noble Death: Suicide and Martyrdom among Christians and Jews in Antiquity (with J.D. Tabor).
This sūra falls into three related parts: the events of the Last Day, the certainty of Judgment, and an explanation of Judgment Day. Its title comes from ‘the rending’ of the sky, one of the cosmic signs that the Last Day is at hand.