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ISBN: 9781907713057
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 12
Publication Date: 14/03/2012
Pages: 218
Series: Global Christian Library
Language: English

The Bible and Other Faiths

What Does the Lord Require of Us?


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.

Author Bios

Ida Glaser

Ida Glaser is the International Academic Coordinator and Founding Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Muslim Christian Studies, where she oversees a number of international projects. She previously taught in the areas of Qur’an and Bible, and the history of Muslim-Christian dialogue at the University of Edinburgh, and her personal research interests focus on reading the Bible in the context of Islam. She is an associate staff member at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Ida has taught physics in Islamic contexts and done church-based outreach in multi-racial, inner-city Britain. She has worked among people of other faiths for Crosslinks, the Anglican Mission Agency, and is a past director of Faith to Faith, a Christian consultancy about other faiths. Her doctorate examined Genesis 1–11 in the context of parallel qur’anic material. She has taught Muslim-Christian relations at the post-graduate level in Jamaica, Nigeria, the Philippines and the UK.


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.

Colin Chapman
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

    1. Acknowledgements
  1. Part 1 Setting the Scene
    1. 1 People and Places
    2. 2 The Academic Scene
    3. 3 Reading the Bible
  2. Part 2 Reading the Old Testament
    1. 4 Peoples Surrounding Israel, and Their Gods
    2. 5 Beginnings: Genesis
    3. 6 Development: The Calling of a People
    4. 7 God’s Nation among the Nations
    5. 8 God, Gods and Nations
  3. Part 3 Reading the New Testament
    1. 9 Setting the Scene: The World Behind the Text
    2. 10 A New People
    3. 11 Facing Samaritan Religion
    4. 12 Facing the Gentile Religions
    5. 13 The Questions We Want to Ask
  4. Part 4 Seeing Ourselves
    1. 14 The Bible as a Mirror
    2. 15 What Does the Lord Require of Us?
    3. Endnotes

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