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The Torah, the Gospel, and the Qur’an: Three Books, Two Cities, One Tale

September 30, 2013

Christianity, Islam, and Judaism are often described as three interrelated traditions. In this book author Anton Wessels argues that adherents of all three traditions must read scripture together in order to understand the truth of each sacred text. Instead of reading these narratives as separate, divergent stories, Wessels suggests that each text is a different type of revelation that is part of the same divine story. Wessels accepts the truth of the Qur’an and the role of Muhammad as a prophet; he also reads the New Testament in relation to the Hebrew Bible. Wessels regards all three narratives incomplete until they are in a dynamic and dialogical relationship with the other. Wessels notes that each of these texts requires answers from the other on points of theological understanding. He therefore asserts that all three texts should interact and interrogate each other. This form of textual interreligious dialogue can become a source of inspiration for the theological investigator.

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