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Ishmael Instructs Isaac : An Introduction to the Qur'an for Bible Readers - John Kaltner

Ishmael Instructs Isaac

An Introduction to the Qur'an for Bible Readers

Paperback Published: 1st January 1999
ISBN: 9780814658826
Number Of Pages: 304

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Jews, Christians, and Muslims trace their roots to Abraham, but the course of that lineage is not the same for all three faiths. Judaism and Christianity view Isaac, the son of Sarah, as the offspring of Abraham through whom the family line is continued. Islam, on the other hand, sees Ishmael, son of Hagar, as the rightful heir who carries on the family name. The two sacred texts of these religions, the Bible and the Qur'an, have much in common, highlighting the close relationship that exists between the two lines of Abraham's family. This book examines some of the themes, figures, and episodes that are shared by the Bible and the Qur'an. It is an introduction to the Qur'an for the descendants of Isaac, who are invited to listen to and learn from the way Ishmael and his descendants retell the family stories.

Rarely have Western scholars considered the Qur'an worthy of the kind of close reading which the Bible customarily receives. In taking the Qur'an at least as seriously as the Christian scriptures and by allowing it to inform our reading of the Bible, Dr. Kaltner has opened up new possibilities for interreligious dialogue. Warmly recommended for Christian readers, Ishmael Instructs Isaac is accessible enough to be a text for college-level courses, but insightful enough to be read with interest even by specialists.Gregory W. Dawes, Lecturer in Religious Studies, University of Otago

Introductionp. 9
Adamp. 26
Adam and Creationp. 26
Islamization of the Traditionp. 38
Adam as Primogeniturep. 40
Cooperating Revelationsp. 46
Noahp. 53
A Messenger from the Lord of the Universep. 53
The Flood Storyp. 55
Islamization of the Traditionp. 73
Cooperating Revelationsp. 76
Abrahamp. 87
A Good Example for Youp. 87
Messengers from Allahp. 92
Islamization of the Traditionp. 103
Abraham the Hanifp. 106
Cooperating Revelationsp. 122
Mosesp. 132
A Prophet with a Bookp. 133
Birthp. 134
The Initial Encounter with Allahp. 138
Pharaoh and His Magiciansp. 146
The Exodusp. 161
Moses on the Mountainp. 177
Cooperating Revelations: Murderp. 193
Cooperating Revelations: Midianp. 198
Maryp. 207
Birth and Seclusionp. 208
The Annunciationp. 213
The Birth of Jesusp. 224
Cooperating Revelationsp. 229
Jesusp. 240
Who Does the Qur'an Say He Is?p. 241
Who Does Jesus Say He Is?p. 246
Near, but not Equal to, Allahp. 268
Jesus' Deathp. 274
Cooperating Revelationsp. 280
Bibliographyp. 296
Index of Subjectsp. 299
Index of Bible Passagesp. 302
Index of Qur'an Passagesp. 307
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ISBN: 9780814658826
ISBN-10: 0814658822
Series: Connections
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st January 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.89 x 15.34  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.5