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Café Theology offers The Bible & the Qur’an: Making Connections

Winter 2023

Description:    This mini-series will make connections between material in the Bible and in the Qur’an, and hence explore ways in which Muslims and Christians can make better human connections and communicate what really matters to them.

The three sessions will focus on the Torah, on Jesus the Messiah, and on prayer.

Dates and Times: Monday evenings 7.00 to 8.30 pm,

January 30, February 6, February 13, 2023.  –three weeks in a row

Where: Lamb & Scroll

To register, go HERE

Your instructors:

Dr David Coffey worked in clinical psychology and was then in Christian ministry in the United States before going back to Bangladesh (where he was brought up) and becoming involved in teaching and translating the Bible.  His Ph.D. (University of Edinburgh) is on the history of Muslim-Christian dialogue in 19th century India, focusing on how studying truth admitted in both the Qur’an and the Bible can facilitate communication.

Dr Ida Glaser has taught physics in Islamic contexts and done church-based outreach in multi-racial, inner-city Britain.  She has taught on the Muslim-Christian interface in the universities of Birmingham, Edinburgh, and Oxford as well as in colleges in Jamaica, Nigeria, India, and Bangladesh. Her Ph.D. (University of Durham) examined Genesis 1-11 in the context of parallel Qur’anic material and ministry among Muslims.  Ida’s publications include Genesis 1-11: Bible Commentaries from Muslim Contexts (Windows on the Text) (Langham, 2022)Reading the Bible in Islamic Context:  Qur’anic Conversations (Routledge, 2018) and The Bible and Other Faiths (IVP/Langham, 2005).

Dr. Coffey and Dr. Glaser are Founding Fellows of the Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies in Oxford, England and have recently founded the Center for Muslim & Christian Studies in Houston where they welcome Muslim and Christian students for regular study of the Qur’an and the Bible – both in person and online.

The course is free! But it would be helpful if everyone brought with them a copy of the Qur’an and the Bible.  We can provide you a good translation of the Qur’an for about $12.  Just let us know when you sign up via Eventbrite.