In this Book

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Communicating the Word is a record of the 2008 Building Bridges seminar, an annual dialogue between leading Christian and Muslim scholars convened by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Featuring the insights of internationally known Christian and Muslim scholars, the essays collected here focus attention on key scriptural texts but also engage with both classical and contemporary Islamic and Christian thought. Issues addressed include, among others, the different ways in which Christians and Muslims think of their scriptures as the “Word of God,” the possibilities and challenges of translating scripture, and the methods—and conflicts—involved in interpreting scripture in the past and today.

In his concluding reflections, Archbishop Rowan Williams draws attention to a fundamental point emerging from these fascinating contributions: “Islam and Christianity alike give a high valuation to the conviction that God speaks to us. Grasping what that does and does not mean . . . is challenging theological work.”

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Participants
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Part I: Particularity, Universality, and Finality in Revelation
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1.1 Particularity and Universality in the Qur’ān
  2. pp. 3-13
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  1. 1.2 Particularity, Universality, and Finality: Insights from the Gospel of John
  2. pp. 14-25
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  1. 1.3 Revelation in Israel: Deuteronomy 7:1–11; Isaiah 49:1–6
  2. pp. 26-32
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  1. 1.4 Revelation in Israel: Qur’ān 2:47–57; 5:44–48
  2. pp. 33-36
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  1. 1.5 Revelation in Christ: 1 John 1:1–4; Matthew 28:16–20; John 16:12–15
  2. pp. 37-43
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  1. 1.6 Revelation in the Qur’ān: Qur’ān 6:91–92; 25:32; 21:107; 38:87; 33:40
  2. pp. 41-56
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  1. Part II: Translating the Word?
  2. pp. 57-58
  1. 2.1 Translating the Qur’ān
  2. pp. 59-69
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  1. 2.2 Translation and the Incarnate Word: Scripture and the Frontier of Languages
  2. pp. 70-82
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  1. 2.3 The Body of Christ: 1 Corinthians 11:23–27 and 12:12–13, 27
  2. pp. 83-87
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  1. 2.4 An Arabic Qur’ān: Qur’ān 12:1–2; 14:4; 16:103; 26:192–99; 46:12
  2. pp. 88-91
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  1. 2.5 The Divine and Human Origins of the Bible: Exodus 32:15–16; Jeremiah 1:9; 2 Timothy 3:16–17; Luke 1:1–4; 1 Corinthians 7:10–13; Mark 5:41
  2. pp. 92-97
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  1. 2.6 The Self-Perception and the Originality of the Qur’ān: Qur’ān 2:23–24; 3:44; 10:15; 69:38–47
  2. pp. 98-104
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  1. Part III: Methods and Authority in Interpretation
  2. pp. 105-106
  1. 3.1 Authority in Interpretation: A Survey of the History of Christianity
  2. pp. 107-114
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  1. 3.2 Authority in Qur’ānic Interpretation and Interpretive Communities
  2. pp. 115-123
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  1. 3.3 Reading Scripture in the Light of Christ: Matthew 12:1–8; Luke 24:44–49
  2. pp. 124-132
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  1. 3.4 Interpreting the Qur’ān: Qur’ān 3:7; 2:106; 16:101; 31:20
  2. pp. 133-141
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  1. 3.5 The Use of Scripture in Generous Love
  2. pp. 142-152
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  1. 3.6 The Use of Scripture in A Common Word
  2. pp. 153-162
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  1. Conversations in Rome
  2. pp. 163-174
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 175-180
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 181-190
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781589018037
Print ISBN
9781589017849
MARC Record
OCLC
778431723
Pages
204
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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