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Author Kuschel, Karl-Josef, 1948- author.

Title Christmas and the Qur'an / Karl-Josef Kuschel ; [translated from the German by Simon Pare]
Published London : Gingko Library, 2017


Description 1 online resource (xv, 159 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates) : color illustrations
Contents Foreword to the English edition -- Prologue: Christians and Muslims Meet at Christmas -- I. The Birth of Jesus in the New Testament. 1. The primary sources. God's peace on Earth: the story accounding to Luke -- A child of the Holy Spirit: the story according to Matthew -- 2. How the birth stories differ. Christmas Oratorios: Heinrich Schütz and Johann Sebastian Bach -- Different settings -- Different chronology -- The differing roles of John the Baptist -- Differing versions of the birth of Jesus -- 3. The primary message. Nothing is impossible for God -- Disruption: the power of the spirit of God -- A signal to Israel and the Gentiles -- 4. No world peace without world justice. A Messiah in the manger -- What sets Jesus apart from Buddha and Lao-tzu -- Roman domination seen from Bethlehem -- Jerusalem's hegemony from the perspective of the babe in the manger -- II. The Birth of Muhammad. 1. How Muslims read the New Testament. Muslims criticise Christian contradictions -- Contra the missionary propagandists -- 2. The origins of the Prophet. The first biography of the Prophet -- Miraculous signs during the conception and pregnancy -- Miraculous signs during and after the birth -- Muhammad- a historic event -- Muslim 'Christmas' -- III. The Birth of John the Baptist in the Qur'an. 1. The 'John' Sura in Mecca: 19:2-15. The primary message of the Qur'an -- John's miraculous birth -- Comparing John in Luke's Gospel and the Qur'an -- 2. The 'case of John'- a new interpretation in Medina: Sura 3. Conflict with the Jews in Medina -- Comparing the 'John' suras -- 3. Comparing John in the New Testament and the Qur'an. Not a 'forerunner' but a parallel figure to Jesus -- A demonstration of the power of the Creator -- IV. Mary, God's Chosen One. 1. Mary as the mother of Jesus: Sura 19. The spirit of God appears to Mary -- Comparing the birth stories in Luke and the Qur'an -- Mary's withdrawal- making herself available for God -- Spiritual, rather than sexual, conception -- Palm-tree and stream: Mary in Egypt? -- Re-enacting the fate of Hagar -- 2. Mary's birth and childhood: Sura 3. Mary as a means of criticising the Jews -- Early Christian parallels -- Mary's election by God -- Spiritual conception and virgin birth -- The only woman mentioned by name in the Qur'an -- 3. The cult of Mary in Islam. Reflecting on Mary with Muslims -- The legendary House of Mary at Ephesus -- A place of pilgrimage for Christians and Muslims -- Benedict XVI's visit to the House of Mary in 2006 -- How modern Muslim women see Mary -- V. The Birth of Jesus in the Qur'an. 1. The birth of Jesus as a 'sign of God': Mecca, Sura 19. Conceived by God's creative power -- Consoling words from the new-born baby to its mother -- What is meant by Jesus being 'a servant of God'? -- Not 'domineering or graceless' -- It would not befit God to have a child -- An heir to the great Prophets -- 2. Controversy about Jesus: Medina, Sura 3. What the angels tell Mary about Jesus -- How the Qur'an interprets Jesus' miracles -- A short summary of the Qur'an's representation of Jesus -- 3. Comparing the birth stories. What the New Testament and the Qur'an have in common -- Where the New Testament and the Qur'an differ -- VI. A Call for Dialogue. 1. A common word. The key passage in the Qur'an: Sura 3:64 -- A model of understanding -- 2. The Document of the 138. Conclusions for Muslims and Christians -- Suspicions about the document -- Critical questions -- Consensus about Jesus? -- 3. Christians and Islam's Holy Night -- Common tasks for the future -- The Night of Decree -- Exchanging messages of peace -- Epilogue: The 'Mary' Sura and the Example of Ethiopia -- References -- Bibliography -- Notes
Notes "First published in German as Weihnachten und der Koran by Karl-Josef Kuschel"--Title page verso
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 149-159)
Notes Translated from German
Print version record
SUBJECT Jesus Christ -- Nativity
Jesus Christ -- In the Qurʼan
Jesus Christ. fast (OCoLC)fst00040116
Subject RELIGION -- Islam -- General.
RELIGION -- General.
Jesus Christ in the Qurʼan.
Nativity of Jesus Christ.
Form Electronic book
Author Pare, Simon, translator
ISBN 9781909942066
Other Titles Weihnachten und der Koran. English