The Human Historical Messiah


The concept of “Messiah” is found in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Islam confirms Christianity’s claim that Jesus was the Messiah, so it disagrees with Judaism which rejects Jesus and teaches that the Messiah is yet to come. But when it comes to its view on the nature of the Messiah, Islam’s position with respect to the other two Abrahamic religions reverses. Islam agrees with Judaism that the Messiah was a human being not a god, so it rejects the Christian deification of Jesus.

In this chapter, I will give a comparative overview of the concept of “Messiah” in the three great religions.


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