Christian Exegesis of the Qur'an

A Critical Analysis of the Apologetic Use of the Qur'an in Select Medieval and Contemporary Arabic Texts

By J. Scott Bridger

Christian Exegesis of the Qur'an

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  • ISBN: 9781498201971
  • Pages: 200
  • Publication Date: 3/23/2015
  • Retail Price: $25.00
Web Price: $20.00
Web Price: $20.00

Christian Exegesis of the Qur'an

A Critical Analysis of the Apologetic Use of the Qur'an in Select Medieval and Contemporary Arabic Texts

By J. Scott Bridger

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781498201971
  • Pages: 200
  • Publication Date: 3/23/2015
  • Retail Price: $25.00
Web Price: $20.00

About-

Can Christians read biblical meaning into qur'ānic texts? Does this violate the intent of those passages? What about making positive reference to the Qur'ān in the context of an evangelistic presentation or defense of biblical doctrines? Does this imply that Christians accept the Muslim scripture as inspired? What about Christians who reside in the world of Islam and write their theology in the language of the Qur'ān--Arabic? Is it legitimate for them to use the Qur'ān in their explanations of the Christian faith? This book explores these questions and offers a biblically, theologically, and historically informed response. For years evangelical Christians seeking answers to questions like these have turned to the history of Protestant Christian interaction with Muslim peoples. Few are aware of the cultural, intellectual, and theological achievements of Middle Eastern Christians who have resided in the world of Islam for fourteen centuries. Their works are a treasure-trove of riches for those investigating contemporary theological and missiological questions such as the apologetic use of the Qur'ān.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"In Christian Exegesis of the Qur'an, Scott Bridger acquaints the English-speaking portion of modern scholarship of Islam with selected instances, early and contemporary, of principles for use of the Qur'an theologically and apologetically to carry forward Arabic-speaking Christians' witness to the risen Christ. This is a new required reading for all Christians who would understand and share Jesus Christ with Muslims."
--Michael H. Edens, Professor of Theology and Islamic Studies, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA

"Scott Bridger's Christian Exegesis of the Qur'an is a fascinating book written at the intersection of Christian theology, apologetics, and Islamic studies. The book aims to help Westerners understand and take seriously the issues that Christians are wrestling with in predominantly Muslim contexts. It will be controversial because the questions posed challenge the normativity of our Western theological frameworks. It will be helpful because there is no other book like it. Highly recommended."
--Bruce Ashford, Associate Professor of Theology & Culture, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC

"Christian Exegesis of the Qur'an is a rare blend of academic acumen seasoned with practical applicative wisdom. Bridger brings years of linguistic, cultural, and social engagement of Arabic-speaking peoples to bear on the vital subjects related to Christian cross-cultural communication. This piece contributes the often neglected perspectives of Arabic-speaking Christians regarding the Qur'an from both medieval and modern times. Anyone studying Islamic peoples will benefit from this work."
--Keith Eitel, Professor of Missions & World Christian Studies, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX

Contributors-

J. Scott Bridger

Bio(s)-

J. Scott Bridger is Associate Professor of Global Studies and World Religions at Criswell College in Dallas, Texas. He formerly taught Islamic Studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He holds a PhD from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, a ThM from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a MA in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Haifa in Israel. He and his wife spent twelve years living, working, and studying in various countries of the Middle East. They have five children and reside in the Dallas area.

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