Bible in Arabic The Scriptures of the 'People of the Book' in the Language of Islam

ISBN-10: 0691150826

ISBN-13: 9780691150826

Edition: 2013

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Description: From the first centuries of Islam to well into the Middle Ages, Jews and Christians produced hundreds of manuscripts containing portions of the Bible in Arabic. Until recently, however, these translations remained largely neglected by Biblical scholars and historians. In telling the story of the Bible in Arabic, this book casts light on a crucial transition in the cultural and religious life of Jews and Christians in Arabic-speaking lands.In pre-Islamic times, Jewish and Christian scriptures circulated orally in the Arabic-speaking milieu. After the rise of Islam--and the Qur'an's appearance as a scripture in its own right--Jews and Christians translated the Hebrew Bible and the Greek New Testament into Arabic for their own use and as a response to the Qur'an's retelling of Biblical narratives. From the ninth century onward, a steady stream of Jewish and Christian translations of the Hebrew Bible and New Testament crossed communal borders to influence the Islamic world.The Bible in Arabicoffers a new frame of reference for the pivotal place of Arabic Bible translations in the religious and cultural interactions between Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 5/21/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

Sidney H. Griffith is Ordinary Professor in the Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures at the Catholic University of America. His books include "The Beginnings of Christian Theology in Arabic" and "The Church in the Shadow of the Mosque" (Princeton).

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction
The Bible in Pre Islamic Arabia
The Bible in the Arabic Qur�an
The Earliest Translations of the Bible into Arabic
Christian Translations of the Bible into Arabic
Jewish Translations of the Bible into Arabic
Muslims and the Bible in Arabic
Intertwined Scriptures
Bibliography
Index
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