The Bible and the Qur'an:A Question of Integrity
A major objection by many Muslims is that the Bible is corrupted. This book presents the case that the Bible is trustworthy. Dr Masood gives insight and perspective to divergent and convergent aspects of the Bible and the Qur'an, dealing at length with errors in copying and translation and analyzing many specific objections of critical Muslims towards the Judaeo-Christian writings.
Two of the issues Muslims often raise with Christians are; ‘how can God be three in one’ and ‘hasn’t the Bible been changed or corrupted’? Steven Masood’s book deals with the second of these questions in a helpful and clear way.
His basic approach is to compare the Bible and the Qur’an, to defend the historical and textual integrity of the Bible, and to point out, contrary to popular Muslim opinion, that any difficulties with the Bible are matched by those of the Qur’an. He shows that the manuscript evidence we have to establish the text of the Bible is as good, and even more comprehensive, than that of the Qur’an. Then he deals with so called errors and contradictions in both Scriptures, clearly showing that many of the criticisms of the Bible by Muslims have in fact no ground. Furthermore, if the Qur’an were to be examined in the same way some Muslims attack the Bible it would be open to many problems.
A useful chapter deals with the ‘Gospel of Barnabas.’ This medieval forgery is often referred to by Muslims as the original gospel. In the final two chapters Masood explores the claims that the Qur’an is miraculous and superior to any other literature, and that the Bible has been abrogated.
Steven Masood is a Pakistani follower of Isa al-Masih. Although his approach may upset some Muslim and Christian readers alike, the matters he outlines in this book is a clear and forceful presentation.
The book is helpful for the Christian who seeks to interact with Muslim objections but it is also suitable for the Muslim who wants to understand the Christian and historical responses to such textual issues. In the end it is an invitation to the reader to look with an open mind at both Scriptures and examine their content to find the way of salvation.