Muhammad and Jesus

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Set aside are the cultural prejudices that often hamper open, honest comparison of Muhammad and Jesus. Professor Phipps begins with a thorough biographical investigation of the early lives of the Meccan and the Nazarene and a thoughtful assessment of their later contributions as statesman and reformer.
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Overview

Set aside are the cultural prejudices that often hamper open, honest comparison of Muhammad and Jesus. Professor Phipps begins with a thorough biographical investigation of the early lives of the Meccan and the Nazarene and a thoughtful assessment of their later contributions as statesman and reformer.
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Muhammad and Jesus are strongly contrasting historical figures, raised up as spiritual and moral paradigms by opposing, hostile camps. Often badly understood by believers within their own faith traditions, the two prophets are grossly misperceived by believers outside. Phipps (philosophy, Davis and Elkins Coll.) hopes that Christians and Muslims can begin to understand one another by studying Muhammad and Jesus, respectively, and by drawing comparisons between them. His work, well researched and executed, will reward the serious student of religious thought. Since it is written for Western readers, the author strives especially to correct our faulty ideas of Muhammad, but he also shows how the teachings of Jesus are poorly known among Muslims. For academic libraries as well as public libraries with substantial religious collections.-James F. DeRoche, Alexandria, Va.
Steve Schroeder
Phipps writes in the spirit of Plutarch, believing that lives told in parallel are mutually illuminating. Assuming that his audience will be more familiar with Jesus than with Muhammad (and that Muslims are generally better informed about Jesus than Christians are about Muhammad), he methodically defamiliarizes Jesus and familiarizes Muhammad. The result is an interesting elaboration of sparse biographical data into a reasonably well-rounded picture of two of the most important figures in human history. This is a good popular introduction to two thoroughly human figures and the two religious communities they have come to represent.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780826409140
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

William Phipps is Professor Emeritus of Religion and Philosophy, Davis and Elkins College. His numerous books on sexual themes in biblical and church history include Genesis and Gender, Was Jesus Married? and Influential Theologians on Wo/Man. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
Muhammad Denigrated 2
Muhammad Appreciated 8
Reasons for This Study 11
2 Antecedents 17
The Regional Heritage 17
The Impact of Poetry 26
Women's Place 28
3 Early Life 33
The Meccan 34
The Nazarene 45
4 Later Life 57
The Medinan Statesman 57
The Peaceful Reformer 71
5 Scriptures 81
The Quran 81
The Bible 98
6 Personal Conduct 109
Prayer and Forgiveness 109
Lowliness and Children 115
Temptation and Self-Discipline 122
Getting and Giving 127
7 Social Teachings 135
Gender Relationships 135
Outsiders and Violence 149
8 Sanctions 165
The Nature of God 165
Earthly Rewards and Punishments 172
Afterlife Retributions 176
9 Enlargements 191
Of Muhammad 191
Of Jesus 201
10 Conclusions 217
Theological Differences 217
Paths of Commitment 227
Tolerance of Diversity 233
Notes 247
Indexes 295
Scriptural Texts 295
General 301
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