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Did seven men and a dog actually wake up in a cave after sleeping there for years?

Bible: No       Qur'an: Yes

1 Timothy 4:7 – refuse profane and old wives’ fables.

Titus 1:14 – Not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men that turn from the truth.

2 Timothy 4:4 – And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Al-Kahf 18:9-25 – 9. Do you consider that the Companions of the Cave and the Bearers of the Inscription were a wonder among our signs?... 25. So they stayed in their Cave three hundred years and (some) add nine (more).

Note: The earliest version of this tale appears in Jacob of Sarung (c. 450-521) and Gregory of Tours (538-594 A.D.) Wikipedia: “Seven Sleepers of Ephesus.”

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