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ISBN: 9781839735851
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 18
Publication Date: 14/07/2022
Pages: 336
Series: Windows on the Text
Language: English

Genesis 1-11

Bible Commentaries from Muslim Contexts


Genesis is the book of beginnings; and creation begins with light. Most religious people live with shuttered windows, receiving light only from their own people and their own tradition. Genesis 1–11 calls us to recognize all peoples as created by God and under the rainbow covenant of his light. This commentary opens windows on seeds of truth from Genesis 1-11 which are planted in the various environments “in front of the text” – including the New Testament, rabbinic tradition, the Qur’an, and Bangladeshi culture. It examines those seeds in their original seedbed, discerning how their truths will unfurl from the fragrant Genesis 1-11 bud of theology through the blessings given to Eve, Noah, and Abraham.

Windows on the Text is a ground-breaking Bible commentary series written by followers of Jesus in Muslim contexts. It develops biblical insight in deliberate conversation with the Qur’an, the Hadith, and local Islamic cultures. Confident that the Bible in its entirety speaks directly into Muslim contexts, it opens new windows into the holy word of God to equip and empower believers to live out their faith in loving service and clear communication within their communities.

Author Bios

Anwarul Azad

ANWARUL AZAD was, until his death from COVID-19 in 2020, the Academic Dean of the Institute for Classical Languages Dhaka, Bangladesh. He was, in his own words, a “rebel poet” in Bangladesh’s fight for freedom in 1971, who emerged from war and famine with a commitment to making the world a better place for future generations. He found peace and justice in Jesus the Messiah, and went on to become a Bible scholar, teacher, and translator. He had an MA in History from National University, Bangladesh.

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.


This commentary is as exquisitely splendorous as a rainbow. What a radiantly different, biblically faithful, and Christ-honouring approach to understanding and applying Genesis 1–11!

South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies, India

When I started to read the commentary, I gained more than knowledge. My heart was filled with joy because this book highlights the truth of the Bible from an Eastern perspective that I can relate to. The authors have woven together biblical and cultural threads into a beautiful, unique tapestry.

Bible Society of Uzbekistan

This commentary on Genesis represents the fruit of deep conversation between the Abrahamic faiths. Accessible to the reader without avoiding challenging issues, it provides a fresh encounter with this foundational biblical text. An engaging read for all.

McMaster Divinity College, Canada

Strongly rooted in biblical exegesis, with larger theological connections enhancing, not distracting, from the focus on the biblical commentary aspect. The focus is constructive, positive and practically encouraging for the Christian life.

The American University in Cairo, Egypt

Table of Contents

  1. Preface – Anwarul Azad
  2. Preface – Ida Glaser
  3. Introduction
  4. In the Beginning, God Created – Genesis 1:1–2:3
  5. The Beginnings of Human Life and Sin – Genesis 2:4–4:26
  6. The Beginnings of Death and New Life – Genesis 5:1–6:8
  7. The Beginnings of Judgement and Covenant – Genesis 6:9–9:29
  8. The Beginnings of Nations – Genesis 10:1–11:9
  9. The Beginnings of Abraham – Genesis 11:10–12:1
  10. God’s Blessing on Abram – Genesis 12:2–3
  11. Bibliography
  12. Subject Index
  13. Qur’an Index

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