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.
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!
HAVILAH DHARAMRAJ, PHD
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.
MARK J. BODA, PHD
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.
ELISABETH KENNEDY, PHD
The American University in Cairo, Egypt
Table of Contents
- Preface – Anwarul Azad
- Preface – Ida Glaser
- In the Beginning, God Created – Genesis 1:1–2:3
- The Beginnings of Human Life and Sin – Genesis 2:4–4:26
- The Beginnings of Death and New Life – Genesis 5:1–6:8
- The Beginnings of Judgement and Covenant – Genesis 6:9–9:29
- The Beginnings of Nations – Genesis 10:1–11:9
- The Beginnings of Abraham – Genesis 11:10–12:1
- God’s Blessing on Abram – Genesis 12:2–3
- Subject Index
- Qur’an Index