The Islamic Jesus: How the King of Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims by Mustafa Akyol

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 9:53am -- JGranatino

Although it is not generally known in the West, Muslims greatly venerate Jesus (Issa) and his mother Mary (Maryam), both of whom are mentioned extensively in the Qur’an. Author Akyol gives a detailed explanation the unique prophetic role of Jesus in the Qur’an and explores similarities and differences in Christian and Islamic perspectives on Jesus and his mother. He finds the beliefs of early Jewish Christians as reflected in the Book of James and in some apocryphal materials very similar to Qur’anic beliefs, examines teachings on the “second coming” in both Christian and Islamic traditions, and reflects on the lessons Muslims in contemporary society can learn from Jesus. Those who are engaged in Abrahamic dialogue will find this book thought-provoking and informative.

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