Understanding the Koran: A Quick Christian Guide to the Muslim Holy Book  -     By: Mateen Elass
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Understanding the Koran: A Quick Christian Guide to the Muslim Holy Book

Zondervan / 2003 / Paperback

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The Koran is veiled in mystery for most Christians. Offering a brief, straightforward introduction, Elass explains the Koran's background, summarizes its teachings, discusses differences from and similarities to the Bible, and suggests how it should---and shouldn't---be used in conversation with Muslims. 144 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 7.13 X 5 (inches)
ISBN: 0310248124
ISBN-13: 9780310248125
UPC: 025986248123
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What You Should Know about Islam’s Holy Book How is it like the Bible? How is it different? Why is it important? Muslims believe the Koran exists as a literal book in heaven and was dictated to the prophet Muhammad by the angel Gabriel. It is only the length of the New Testament, yet a fifth of the world claims it is the complete revelation of God. To most Americans, though, the Koran remains a mystery. Did you know that the Koran teaches the virgin birth and miracle-filled, prophetic ministry of Jesus? Claims to fully embrace his teachings? Reveres Abraham, Moses, Jonah, and other biblical prophets? Find out how the Koran resembles the Bible—and the drastic ways in which it differs. Understanding the Koran gives you a fascinating essential grasp of Islam’s holy book: where it came from, what it teaches, how Muslims view it, and how the Allah of the Koran compares with the God of the Bible. Cherished as the final, perfect revelation of God’s will by 1.2 billion Muslims worldwide, the Koran has become a part of American life. Today, those who read and memorize it may work in your town, shop where you shop, or send their children to the same school your kids attend. What do you know about the holy book that shapes the lives and eternal destinies of your neighbors and a fifth of the world’s population? While some similarities exist between the Koran and the Bible, the differences are striking. Written by a pastor who was born to a Muslim father and raised in Saudi Arabia, Understanding the Koran gives you a fascinating, easy-to-understand overview that will show you: •Why the background behind the Koran is important •How the Koran came into existence •A summary of the main teachings of the Koran, including what it says about Jesus and the crucifixion •Similarities and differences between Muslim and Christian views of God •What the Koran teaches about Jihad and holy war •What the Koran teaches about heaven and hell More than furnishing you with an essential grasp of Islam’s holy book, Understanding the Koran points you to the one thing that can draw your Muslim friends to Jesus—his love, demonstrated to them through you. Discussion questions enable you to use this book in group studies

Author Bio

Mateen Elass (PhD, University of Durham in England) was raised in Saudi Arabia in a Muslim environment. He holds degrees from Stanford University, Fuller Theological Seminary, and a PhD from the University of Durham in England. He has served in a church in Colorado and currently serves as senior pastor of a Presbyterian church in the Midwest. He has written feature articles for Moody magazine, including "What Muslims Think of America."

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    April 9, 2013
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    I have heard bits and pieces of what Islam is and is not. This book helped really clarify what the fundamental teachings of the faith are, and how we might expect/not expect its followers to believe/react. With very specific examples and excerpts from the Koran, I can feel much more confident in my understanding, and I know specifically where to go for more information.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 28, 2010
    David B. Armstrong
    If you want to know what's in the Koran without actually reading it, this is the book for you.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 3, 2009
    Jedd Baker
    A very interesting guide to what is in the koran, why they believe it! This book compares Islam and Christian thought and isn't a book that bashes Islam but shows it's shortcomings! Worth the price.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 19, 2007
    Daniel Rifenbark
    This book is well written and informative. The author offers a great deal of detail about the Koran. At times it seems tedious. From his perspective, Mohammad simply combined ideas from Christianity and Judaism, to whom he was exposed in the western Arabia peninsula, into one new religion. Because Mohammad was illiterate, he recited these teachings to others who memorized them. After his death, they were written down. It's interesting to see how he misunderstands Christian theology and even the simple stories of Christian history. The author also gives ideas and suggestions to believers on how to approach the Muslims.
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