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The Bible: An Islamic Perspective - Jesus

Jay R. Crook

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ISBN 10: 1567447333 / ISBN 13: 9781567447330
Published by Kazi Publications, Inc., 2006
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Title: The Bible: An Islamic Perspective - Jesus

Publisher: Kazi Publications, Inc.

Publication Date: 2006

Book Condition: Very Good

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Jesus, son of God or Prophet? Jesus, though not as central in Islam as he is in Christianity, is revered by all Muslims. This study of his life and impact in The Bible: An Islamic Perspective series compares the Jesus of Christianity with the Jesus of Islam through a detailed examination of the Biblical record, the Quranic references to him, and Surabadi’s stories about him in his 11th-century Quranic Commentary. Many other classical sources are called upon for their witness. In the stories of Jesus’ birth, his miracle working, and his special nature, Islam may differ in detail, but there is no broad disagreement until we reach the defining events of the crucifixion and their outcome. With the Quranic verse They slew him not nor crucified him, but it appeared so unto them (Q. 4:158), the Islamic view of the human Jesus separates from the superhuman Jesus of Christianity. The last section of the book reviews the Second Coming in Christianity and Islam, and the impact of eschatological beliefs upon Christo-Islamic relations.

The volume includes introductory material about Jesus, the Trinity, and Mariolatry. The stories of Mary, her Scandal, Zechariah, and John the Baptist are also examined.

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Jay R. Crook (Md. Nur) was born in upstate New York, the second son of a clergman, but spent his formative years in the New York metropolitan area. A chance acquaitance awakened his interest in Islamic culture and civilization, and he soon embraced Islam. After completing his military service and saving some money, he traveled to East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) to study for a few years. He wound up spending most of his working life in the Middle East, especially in Iran and Saudi Arabia. Hired by the Peace Corps as a field representative, he finished in 1971 as Deputy Director in the Iran program. He then enrolled in the Doctoral Program of Persian Literature for Foreigners at Tehran University and received his Ph.D. in 1978. His doctoral thesis was A Comparison of the Quranic Stories of Surabadi With the Bible. Much revised and expanded, it has become the core of The New Testament: an Islamic Perspective and its companion volume The Old Testament: an Islamic Perspective. Subsequent to leaving Iran in 1980, he worked as an English teacher in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia before retiring in 1997. He now resides in the American Southwest and has translated several books from Persian into English, including Kashifi’s The Royal Book of Spiritual Chivalry and Ghazzali’s The Alchemy of Happiness.

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