The Bible and Other Faiths
In today's world, when Christians think about other religions, numerous questions and issues arise - and their convictions about Christ and about other religions can have a significant influence on their understanding of how God relates to people, and what their own conduct towards them should be.
From her wealth of inter-cultural and inter-faith experience, Ida Glaser believes that the most urgent questions for Christians focus on their own responsibilities and other peoples' welfare. Responding to Micah 6:8 - 'And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God' - Dr Glaser explores biblical perspectives on other faiths and their adherents, with clarity, sensitivity and challenging insights for all Christians.
Here is a very fresh and original way of helping Christians to engage with Muslims and Islam. Approaching the Bible with all the disturbing questions raised by the study of the Qur’an and of Islam, Ida Glaser and Hannah Kay come up with refreshingly new ways of understanding familiar biblical themes and texts. Because they have taken the trouble to understand how Muslims interpret the Qur’an, and because they also appreciate rabbinic interpretationof the Old Testament, they are able to recognise where there is genuine common ground between Christian and Islamic beliefs and where there are really significant and crucial di erences. They have a remarkable lightness of touch which enables them to explain quite di cult ideas very simply – but without over-simplification. While readers therefore will appreciate the thorough academic study which undergirds this book, they won’t be able to escape the personal challenges which are presented on every page about how Christians should think about Muslims and Islam.
Formerly lecturer in Islamic Studies at the Near East School of Theology, Beirut,
and visiting lecturer at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, Beirut
Table of Contents
- Part 1 Setting the Scene
- 1 People and Places
- 2 The Academic Scene
- 3 Reading the Bible
- Part 2 Reading the Old Testament
- 4 Peoples Surrounding Israel, and Their Gods
- 5 Beginnings: Genesis
- 6 Development: The Calling of a People
- 7 God’s Nation among the Nations
- 8 God, Gods and Nations
- Part 3 Reading the New Testament
- 9 Setting the Scene: The World Behind the Text
- 10 A New People
- 11 Facing Samaritan Religion
- 12 Facing the Gentile Religions
- 13 The Questions We Want to Ask
- Part 4 Seeing Ourselves
- 14 The Bible as a Mirror
- 15 What Does the Lord Require of Us?