The Bible, Qur’an, and Islam

Date(s) - 11/06/2021
9:00 am - 1:45 pm

Northway Christian Church


The Bible, Qur’an, and Islam
Fifteenth Jean and Patrick Henry Seminar
Saturday, November 6, 9:00 am to 1:45 pm (Central Time)
Northway Christian Church, 7202 W Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75225

While it is widely known that the Bible and its stories are sacred to Christians and Jews, it is less commonly known that they are also sacred to Muslims. This seminar explores the role of the Bible and biblical stories in Islam, the world’s second largest religion. We will begin with a brief overview of pre-Islamic Arabia, the life of Muhammad, and the Qur’an. Next, we will examine the Qur’an’s narratives about figures such as Adam and Jesus, noting important similarities and differences from the biblical account (and some extra biblical accounts) and discussing the significance of any differences and their interpretation. We will conclude with a brief tour of the role that the Bible has played in Islamic history, from Muhammad’s time to the present.

Samuel Ross is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Texas Christian University, where he teaches courses on Islam and the Qur’an. His research focuses on the history of Muslim Qur’an interpretation and the reception of the Bible in the Muslim world. His book manuscript, The Biblical Turn in the Qur’an Commentary Tradition, was fortunate to be selected as a co-winner for the 2019 British Association for Islamic Studies (BRAIS) – De Gruyter Prize in the Study of Islam and the Muslim World. He received his PhD in Religious Studies from Yale University in 2018. Prior to graduate school, he lived in Jordan for five years, teaching Arabic at the Qasid Institute for Arabic (2007-2011), and exploring many of the fascinating archaeological and holy sites in the region.