Tuesday, August 21, 2018


Scribal Changes in the Qur'an

A Comprehensive List of Known Variants Between the 1924 and More Current Versions

This is not an article, it is a downloadable document obtained from qurangateway.org. To read an article on this subject see the one that appears two posts prior to this one entitled "Paper Trail: Lost Versions of the Qur'an" by Scott Cherry (June 26).  

The Messiah Motif in the Tanakh

Why we can believe the Bible we have today with full confidence. Or, Why every good Muslim should believe the Bible

  • 24 July 2018
  • Author: Scott Cherry
  • Number of views: 60

I wrote this article for my segment of a four-part presentation at the first-ever "Confidence" seminar on July 21. My task was to explore the credibility of the Old Testament, or Tanakh, especially as it provides the foundation for the New Testament. My esteemed co-presenter, Steve Schlichter covered the manuscript history of the New Testament. 

Thesis 1

We can have great confidence in the Bible as divine revelation because it is self-authenticating. As a veritable library of scripture, it is self-authenticated by the coherence and continuity between its parts and divisions—especially in view of its substantial diversity. As a body of literature, the Bible displays a remarkable historio-theological continuity between its books, its segments and its two testaments that points demonstrably to long-range divine planning and engineering.  Such continuity within diversity is best explained as the product of a prolonged, overarching, progressive and divine plan consisting of complex historio-theological components that develop and reach their culmination. When we grasp the magnitude of such a plan we should be moved with awe to appreciate its divine genius and acknowledge its internal authentication. The Bible’s continuity and coherence can be seen in terms of its various themes and motifs which I list further down in the article. I will focus on one only—the Messianic Motif.

Paper Trail: The Lost Versions of the Qu'ran

Part 1a: What we can learn about the Companions' versions from the San'aa manuscripts and the hadith

  • 26 June 2018
  • Author: Scott Cherry
  • Number of views: 167
In this article we will go deep into what I am calling the ‘philosophy of paper trails’.  In specific, we will attempt to identify the history of the sacred text known as the Qur’an. We will do this by examining the text of the Qur’an itself as well as extra-Qur’anic Muslim sources such as the hadith and the tafsir, or Islamic commentaries. We also make use of scholarly, peer-reviewed sources such as Proquest and the Journal of Qur’anic Studies, popular online sources such as Wikipedia, and lesser-known but still credible articles that I had at my disposal.  The questions we will ask and attempt to answer are not novel: Have the texts of the Qur’an been perfectly preserved since their initial emergence into 7th century Arabia, in the first century A.H. and to the present time? This article will argue no.

*The entire article can be downloaded here at the end of Read More . Also see Scribal Changes in the Qur'an

Eid Mubarak! from Rev. Ismail Nemr

On Mercy, Forgiveness and Deliverance from Hell

  • 15 June 2018
  • Author: Guest Blogger
  • Number of views: 96

Ramadan Mubarak, Day 30: Comparative Religion

Sam and Adam reflect on comparative religion and the gospel

  • 14 June 2018
  • Author: Guest Blogger
  • Number of views: 102

by Sam Alvarado and Adam Simnowitz

As Ramadan comes to an end, I can’t help but ponder on what I observed in my neighborhood. ...I can’t help but to be reminded of how Jesus answered a question posed to him by people seeking to be justified before God. They asked him, “What shall we do that we may work the works of God?”  Click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrMXlQ2ZWJ0


I have a Syrian Muslim friend with whom I have shared the message of Jesus many times.  Once he objected to the idea that people can be forgiven simply by believing that Jesus died on the cross for our sins.  It seemed to him that if a person could be guaranteed forgiveness, he would use this as an excuse to commit whatever sin he so pleased.