THE DATES IN RELIGION

The Qur'an describes the birth of Mary (Maryam) in the XIX Sura as a typical scene of the Arabs in the desert and not of the Palestinian Jews in Jesus' time The delivery did not occur in a stable or a cave, but open air, near a palm tree under which Mary lies stricken.

The item "under the palm tree" involved is the voice of the Child. There, in solitude he receives consolation from Jesus, running water and fresh dates, proposed at the end to forget. Mary is invited to eat and drink from a source that God springs to his feet. Everything happens in the intimacy of a first conversation between mother and son. "When she bore him, she isolated herself to a faraway place The birth process came to her by the trunk of a palm tree. She said: (I am so ashamed;) I wish I were dead before this happened, and completely forgotten. (The infant) called her from beneath her, saying, Do not grieve. Your Lord has provided you with a stream. If you shake the trunk of this palm tree, it will drop ripe dates for you. Eat and drink and dry your eyes " (from 19.22 to 25)