This is the “Preface” to the book The Mystery of the Messiah: The Messiahship of Jesus in the Qur’an, New Testament, Old Testament, and Other Sources
My book The Mystery of the Historical Jesus: The Messiah in the Qur’an, the Bible, and Historical Sources is a comprehensive study of all aspects of Jesus’ life and teachings. It was always my intention to use parts of that work as the core for smaller, more focused books each of which covers certain aspects of the life of Jesus in more detail. I have already published a book on the crucifixion, and this is the second of these derivative works.
This book is based mainly on the chapter on the Messiah and content from other chapters in my book on the historical Jesus. The study has been significantly expanded with new material. The presentation of the reused content has also been substantially changed and improved.
This book continues the effort of my previous writings to achieve two related goals. First, to bring the Qur’an to a study field that Western scholarship has restricted to the Old and New Testaments and historical writings. Second, to get Islamic studies of the Qur’an to extend their scope to include historical sources and to also look more closely at the Old and New Testaments and other Jewish and Christian sources.
In this book, I focus on the concept of “Messiah” in the Qur’an, the Bible, and Dead Sea Scrolls. While history has played a significant part in how the image of the “Messiah” has changed over time and that history needs to be cited, this religious concept is dealt with almost exclusively in religious, even though not necessarily scriptural, sources. Independent historical sources do not help much when studying this concept.
All my writings have benefits greatly from the insightful comments and feedback of my wife Shetha Al-Dargazelli. Shetha’s support has also played a major role in enabling me to write my books.
The comments of my close friend Tariq Chaudhry have also allowed me to improve the book significantly.
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