The Qur’an appropriates half-digested and sometimes dimly understood biblical traditions, generally recasting them in fundamental ways, while often leaving traces of Jewish and Christian theology that remain unexplained in their new Islamic setting…. It’s teachings on Jesus are a curious amalgam of material from the New Testament and the writings of heretical and schismatic sects. In a certain sense, there is something for everyone: a bit of orthodox Christianity (the Virgin Birth, the idea of Jesus as the Word of God, even if improperly misunderstood), a bit of Gnosticism (the illusory crucifixion), a bit of hyper-Arianism (the denial of Christ’s divinity) and Ebionism (the Qur’an calls Jesus “messiah” but rejects his divinity, as did the Judaizing Ebionite sect).
- Robert Spencer
From the Complete Bible Answer Book
Is the Allah of Islam the God of the Bible? Long before Muhammad was born, Arabic Christians already were referring to God as Allah—and millions continue to do so today. The Allah of Islam, however, is definitely not the God of the Bible. For while Muslims passionately defend the unity of God, they patently deny […]Read More >