A Muslim Study of the Origins of the Christian Church

A Muslim Study of the Origins of the Christian Church

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Author: Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2002
Language: English
Pages: 288
ISBN/UPC (if available): 978-0-19-579717-6


In this book, a leading British Muslim scholar examines the most recent research and its implications for Jesus scholarship and for the churches, as they seek to reinterpret Jesus for the new age.

Her conclusions are that the historical Jesus emerges as a figure far more glorious than the Christ defined in the formulas of medieval Christianity, which were influenced heavily by Greek philosophy and mystery religions whose beliefs hold little appeal for the modern mind.

Few Muslims have meditated deeply on Christian origins. This groundbreaking work shows how modern Christian and Muslim scholarship is drawing together, bringing hope of future reconciliation and dialogue between the two largest world faiths.


This book can be the starting point for a scholarly dialogue between unbiased Christians and Muslims…Such books are a bridge between faiths.

-Syed Abul Khair Kashfi
Formerly Visiting Professor
Department of Foreign Studies
Osaka University



A Miscarriage of Justice

Problems, problems

Where have all the Romans gone?

Zealots and the Royal Family

The Relatives of Jesus

Keepers and Doers

Why did Paul reject the Torah?

The Goat for Azazel

Covenant, Circumcision and Cookery

Paul or James?

Jesus the Myth?

The Ka ba Pantheon

Inspired or Prohibited?

The Document Called Q

Scrollduggery: Was there a Dead Sea Scrolls Deception?

Two Messiahs-the Sons of David and the Zaddikim

Jeshu bar Nagara and the Prophet Isa

The Injil of Isa (Was this the gospel copied by Waraqa ibn Nawfal?)

Does the Bible know about Islam?

Did the crucifixion kill Jesus?

Was Jesus buried alive?

Imperial Manoeuvring and Wavering
Have the Christians really got it all wrong?
Life without an Atoning Saviour

Appendix: The Gospel of Barnabas