Also, while on the subject of stopping suddenly on some verses, it's really miraculous that after reading and rereading the Qur'an so many times, some verses feel like the first time you're seeing them and for many, many verses, your understanding deepens and you see them in a new light every time..
So back to those verses i mentioned in the beginning, I was really, really struck by the order at which those prophets were mentioned..
Questions & reflections kept popping up like:
1- were they ordered like that because it really doesnt matter which prophet came first
2- was the order done that way because of the numerical perfection of the Qur'an
3- why do Is-haaq(Isaac) and Ya'qoob (Jacob) always get mentioned together, whereas Ismail (Ishmael) gets mentioned only a bit later
4- is there a verse that puts isaac and ishmael together
5- why are the arabic names of the prophets ONLY sometimes closer to the Greek names for them, rather than the Hebrew?
6- did the Jews, of those times, actually corrupt some of the prophets' names?
7- why were these prophets mentioned and not Salih or Shuaib or Hood ?
8- were the unmentioned prophets not from a lineage of Abraham?
if so i need to research..well salih is preabrahamic..
i really like the fact that Hood is not mentioned a lot in Christianity and Judaism.. [See Wiki: Hud (prophet)]..
9- also, were all these prophets that are mentioned descended from the lineage of Abraham?
10- it's really nice to see Ilyas and Ilyasa' (Elijah and Elisha) being mentioned there ... although there isn't much known about them ..
11- also notice how Lot is mentioned last and how he's a nephew of Abraham (biblically)
I find this interesting, but I also know that Allah knows best and that if He wished, everything would have been laid out straight and the Qur'an would have become like the bible..but it does not benefit us to concern with the deeds of those people of those times...thinking about the dajjal's island for example used to take up a lot of time, but i've finally learnt to not let it get to me..
let's stop where the Prophet(p.b.u.h) stopped.. God does not ask us about what they used to do.