The Mystery of the Messiah

The Mystery of the Messiah: The Messiahship of Jesus in the Qur’an, New Testament, Old Testament, and Other Sources


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A focused study of the concept of “Messiah” in the scriptures and other religious sources:

  • The Messiah in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
  • An Islamic reading of the history of the concept of “Messiah”
  • Unhistorical images of the Jewish and Christian Messiahs
  • The misrepresentation of the Messiah as king
  • The second coming of the Christian Messiah

This Book

The Messiah is the central figure of the largest religion in the world, as Christianity was formed around Jesus’ messiahship. Judaism also gives the Messiah a special and high position, although it denies that Jesus was the Messiah, so the Jews continue to wait for the coming of their Messiah.

The Qur’an confirms the Christian belief that Jesus was the Messiah, but it has fundamental differences with the Christian representation of the Messiah. Islam has even more differences with the Jewish concept of the Messiah.

This book compares the concept of “Messiah” in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It examines the portrayal of the Messiah in the Old Testament and other Jewish writings, the New Testament, and the Qur’an. It develops a complete picture of how this concept appeared, what it originally represented, and how it was changed over time by different believers. The study shows why and how the Messiah was developed in Judaism into a military king whose main role is to re-establish Israel and restore its glory. It also explains how Christianity turned this victorious Jewish warrior into a suffering spiritual king.

The author’s ultimate goal is to show that the Qur’anic Messiah is the historical one. Neither a victorious royal with a political agenda nor a defeated spiritual teacher who ended up on the cross, the Messiah was a prophet sent by God. This new critical reading of the history of the “Messiah” challenges deep-rooted prejudices and misunderstandings about this concept.

Book Details
Author: Louay Fatoohi
Pages: 116
Size: 229mm x 152mm
Publication Date: May 2009
Publisher: Luna Plena Publishing, UK
ISBN: 978-1-906342-05-0

Table of Contents



1. Messiahship in Judaism

Historical Messiahs in the Old Testament

Future Saviors in the Old Testament

The Future Saviors Become One Eschatological Messiah

The Divine Revelation about the Messiah

Different Messiahs in Other Jewish Sources

2. The Christ in the New Testament

Unanointed Messiah

The Christ of Paul

3. Al-Masih in the Qur’an

The Meaning of Masih

Messiahship is No Special Prophethood

The Awaited Messiah

One Messiah

The Name of the Followers of the Messiah

4. Jesus’ Public Claim to Messiahship

The Qur’anic Jesus’ public Proclamation of Messiahship

5. King of the Jews?

Jesus the King Messiah

Jesus the Spiritual King Messiah

Jesus the Messiah as a Spiritual Leader

The Non-Royal Qur’anic Messiah

6. A Second Coming for an Unfulfilled Kingdom

The Need to Bring Jesus Back

The Dangerous Politics of the Messiah’s Awaited Coming

The Unreturning Qur’anic Messiah

7. Son of King David

The Qur’anic Messiah: Son of Mary not Son of David

8. Savior?

The Qur’anic Messiah: No Unique Savior

9. Miracle Worker

The Miracle-Working Qur’anic Messiah

10. Suffering Messiah?

The Saved Messiah of the Qur’an

11. Scriptural Messianic Prophecies and the Gospels

Old Testament or Matthean Prophecies?

The Qur’anic Messiah’s prophecy about the “Praised One”

12. The Historical Messiah

A. The Qur’anic Verses that Mention the Title “Messiah”


Index of Qur’anic Verses

Index of Biblical Passages

Index of Names and Subjects


Copyright © 2009 Louay Fatoohi
All Rights Reserved

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