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The Qur'ān and the Bible : text and commentary / Gabriel Said Reynolds ; Qur'ān translation by Ali Quli Qarai.
Title Variants:
Qur'ān & the Bible
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9780300181326
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New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2018]

©2018
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xviii, 1008 pages ; 24 cm
Abstract:
"While the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament are understood to be related texts, the sacred scripture of Islam, the third Abrahamic faith, has generally been considered separately. Noted religious scholar Gabriel Said Reynolds draws on centuries of Qur'anic and Biblical studies to offer rigorous and revelatory commentary on how these holy books are intrinsically connected."--Dust jacket.
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A groundbreaking comparative study that illuminates the connections between the Qur'ān and the Bible

While the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament are understood to be related texts, the sacred scripture of Islam, the third Abrahamic faith, has generally been considered separately. Noted religious scholar Gabriel Said Reynolds draws on centuries of Qur'ānic and Biblical studies to offer rigorous and revelatory commentary on how these holy books are intrinsically connected.

Reynolds demonstrates how Jewish and Christian characters, imagery, and literary devices feature prominently in the Qur'ān, including stories of angels bowing before Adam and of Jesus speaking as an infant. This important contribution to religious studies features a full translation of the Qur'ān along with excerpts from the Jewish and Christian texts. It offers a clear analysis of the debates within the communities of religious scholars concerning the relationship of these scriptures, providing a new lens through which to view the powerful links that bond these three major religions.


Author Notes

Gabriel Said Reynolds is professor of Islamic studies and theology at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of The Qur' ā n and Its Biblical Subtext and The Emergence of Islam and the editor of The Qurʾ ā n in Its Historical Context.


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Library Journal Review

When reading the Qur'an, one recognizes that certain sutras seem similar to passages found in the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament. However, it is not readily apparent what the exact relationship there is between the Qur'an and the other sacred writings. Reynolds (Islamic studies & theology, Univ. of Notre Dame; The Emergence of Islam) argues that the influence of significant Jewish and Christian literature, primarily the Bible but also other significant writings (e.g., the Mishnah, the Talmud), impacted the Qur'an in such a way that one cannot fully understand the latter without giving significant attention to the former. Biblical characters, imagery, stories, and literary techniques, available through oral tradition, permeate major portions of the Qur'an. Reynolds supports his thesis by creating a helpful volume that contains both the complete text of the Qur'an along with commentary on passages in the sutras that illustrate the influence of other religious traditions. -VERDICT Highly recommended for those interested in Islamic studies or sacred literature, as well as for academic libraries that support these areas.-John Jaeger, Johnson Univ., Knoxville, TN © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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