Lodahl – Claiming Abraham

Lodahl, Michael, 2010, Claiming Abraham: Reading the Bible and the Qur’an Side by Side , Grand Rapids: Brazos, 240pp, pb
Many of the Bible’s characters and stories are also found in the Qur’an, but there are often different details or new twists in the Islamic retelling of biblical narrative. In Claiming Abraham, seasoned theologian Michael Lodahl explores these fascinating divergences to […]

Nickel, 2011, Narratives of Tampering

Nickel, Gordon, 2011, Narratives of Tampering in the Earliest Commentaries of the Qur’an , Brill, Leiden, 255pp, £96.35, hb
The Muslim accusation of the corruption or deliberate falsification of pre-Qur’ānic scriptures has been a major component of interfaith polemic for a millenium or more. The accusation has frequently sought attestation from a series of “tampering” verses in the Qur’ān. Investigation of […]

Griffith, 2013, The Bible in Arabic

The Bible in Arabic: the scriptures of the ‘People of the Book’ in the language of Islam.  Griffith, S.  Princeton, NJ.  Princeton University Press.  2013. 255pp. £19.55. Hb
From the first centuries of Islam to well into the Middle Ages, Jews and Christians produced hundreds of manuscripts containing portions of the Bible in Arabic. Until recently, however, these translations remained largely […]

Siddiqui, Mona, 2013, Christians, Muslims and Jesus

Siddiqui, Mona (2013), Christians, Muslims and Jesus, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 285pp, £12.99, pb
This is a courageous book, and it is a significant addition to the discussions that have continued since the beginning of Islam in the seventh century. It brings light to an area of Christian-Muslim relations that has been characterised by excessive heat and the gloom […]

Symposium Review: Some Reflections

Four Quick Lessons…

Around 60 people attended the December 7th symposium on Muslim Views of the Bible: past and present (anyone who wishes can listen to three of the four talks here).

Obviously we could only touch on some of the issues in such a broad area of research, but some important themes came out. Looking back on the day, I was glad […]