Jesus and the Resurrection

Reflections of Christians from Islamic Contexts

By David Emmanuel Singh

Jesus and the Resurrection

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  • ISBN: 9781498217323
  • Pages: 228
  • Publication Date: 3/26/2015
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Jesus and the Resurrection

Reflections of Christians from Islamic Contexts

By David Emmanuel Singh

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  • ISBN: 9781498217323
  • Pages: 228
  • Publication Date: 3/26/2015
  • Retail Price: $28.00
Web Price: $22.40
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About-

The idea of a trilogy containing reflections by Christians living in Islamic contexts was born in 2004. The first volume on Jesus and the Cross appeared in 2009. The second volume, Jesus and the Incarnation, was published in 2011. The third volume here is concerned with the theme of resurrection. Our aim here is to build a bridge between Muslims and Christians with Jesus in the centre of the discourse. As an idea, 'resurrection' is shared by and is central to the eschatologies of Christianity, Islam and Judaism. In Islam, the belief in life after death, resurrection and the day of judgement are so central that they are considered to be one of its 'Five Pillars'. Life has meaning because in resurrection, humanity will meet its maker on the Day of Judgement. The presence of such an idea in Islam is arguably evidence of the crossfertilisation across the monotheistic faiths. Although, traditionally, Muslims have denied the death of Jesus, 'the ignoble and accursed' death on the cross, both major branches of Islam maintain that Jesus is alive. There is room here for dialogue between Christians and Muslims. 'Christo-centricity' of this nature contrasts sharply with the secular worldview where there are no such common grounds. The idea of the living Jesus also relates to a widespread sub-tradition of Islam, Sufism, which shows a muted preference for sainthood and progressive revelation; the living Jesus plays a significant part in such traditions. Although there is an irreconcilable chasm between the traditional Muslim and Christian positions, there is a meeting of sorts also in their 'ordinary narratives' as they encounter the person of Jesus who touches their lives in tangible ways.....

Endorsements & Reviews-

The book is helpfully divided between the historical and the theological, the personal and the missional. There are accounts here of early interaction between two traditions as well as of encounters during the modern missionary movement. Both Western and Eastern Christian engagement is represented here, as are attempts to understand Islam from the inside by adopting a verstehen approach. There are concerns here of mission, dialogue and peaceful co-existence. In short, we have a wide-ranging and varied consideration of 'resurrection' and, particularly, the resurrection of Jesus in Islam as well as among Christians and Christian communities living in Islamic contexts. There is much here to promote peace and reconciliation but also for rigorous theological dialogue on a central issue of faith between Muslims and Christians.
Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali

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David Emmanuel Singh

Bio(s)-

David Emmanuel Singh (Research Tutor in Islamic Studies, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies) has been teaching and writing in the field of theology of religions for close to two decades through the Bible Society of India, Union Biblical Seminary, Allahabad Bible Seminary, Henry Martyn Institute and Crowther Hall. He is now a Tutor at OCMS where he also edits Transformation, an international journal of Holistic Mission Studies. He has edited a number of books and is the author of Sainthood and Revelatory Discourse (Oxford/Delhi: Regnum/ISPCK, 2003).

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