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Howard, Damian (2016) 'Who Do You Say that I Am?': Christians and Muslims Disputing the Historical Jesus. Neotestamentica, 49 (2), pp. 297-320. [Journal Article]

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    The article presents the case against appealing to the “historical Jesus” as common ground between Christians and Muslims. It first teases out relevant aspects of Christianity’s own deployment of historical criticism of the Bible before investigating how Muslims have engaged with the same material for the purposes of inviting Christians to Islam. In the light of a clear double standard at work here, the implications of historical criticism for the Qur’ān’s handling of Jesus are analysed and conditions identified which would allow Muslims to engage more fully qua Muslims with the “historical Jesus”. A final section supplies a negative answer to the question: is the pursuit of a Muslim-Christian accord over the identity of Jesus even a sensible objective for a Christian seeking better relations with Muslims?

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Neotestamentica
    Additional Information: This article was accepted in 2016, but publisher's website dates this volume from 2015.
    Keywords: Biblical and Qur’ānic hermeneutics, Christian-Muslim relations, Christology, Deism, Historical Criticism, Historical Jesus, Historiography, Interreligious Dialogue.
    Department: Theology
    Depositing User: Vicky Rowley
    Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2016 15:13
    Last Modified: 22 Jun 2016 10:57
    URI: http://publications.heythrop.ac.uk/id/eprint/2343

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