Episode 107 Muslim-Christian Commentaries with Ida Glaser
Dr. Ida Glaser, Director of the Oxford Center for Muslim-Christian Studies in Houston, joins David Capes to talk about a new commentary she has just co-authored with her colleague, Anwarul Azad.
It is entitled Genesis 1-11: Bible Commentaries from Muslim Contexts (Langham Publishing).
Dr. Glaser is series editor for the entire project. It is a unique series. It has been 1000 years since serious Christians have attempted to write Bible commentaries alongside and for Muslim culture.
The goal is to put the Bible into conversation with the Qur’an. Many of the stories in Genesis 1-11 are found in the Qur’an and Muslim tradition, although they often also differ.
So one goal of the series, and of this commentary is to put the Christian Scriptures alongside the holy book of Islam.
Because Muslim-background believers will certainly have these accounts in mind when they read them in the Christian Bible.
Ida’s co-editor for the series is Martin Accad, a Lebanese scholar. Tragically, Ida’s co-author for this book Anwarul Azad died with Covid not long after he completed his portion of the manuscript.
Most Bible commentaries written in the west do not help Muslim-believers because they are written against a background and for people who come from very different backgrounds. And western commentaries do not fit their contexts.
Here is what one Old Testament scholar from Canada says of the book:
“This commentary on Genesis represents the fruit of deep conversation between the Abrahamic faiths. Accessible to the reader without avoiding challenging issues, it provides a fresh encounter with this foundational biblical text. An engaging read for all.”
MARK J. BODA, PhD. McMaster Divinity College, Canada
Be sure to stay for a nugget of wisdom from Ida at the end.
Dr. Glaser joined David Capes on an earlier podcast to discuss the mission and history of the Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies at Oxford. To hear that podcast click here.
To learn about the Center for Muslim-Christian Studies, Houston, click here.
To read about the Center for Muslim-Christian Studies, Oxford, click here.
For more books by Ida Glaser, click here.
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