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The Torah, the Gospel, and the Qur’an: Three Books, Two Cities, One Tale
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The Torah, the Gospel, and the Qur’an: Three Books, Two Cities, One Tale


Eerdmans 2013

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Discussing the Bible and the Qur’an in one breath will surprise some Jews, Christians, and Muslims. But Anton Wessels argues that all three traditions must read the Scriptures together and not against each other. Wessels accepts Muhammad as a prophet and takes the Qur’an seriously as Holy Scripture along with the Old and New Testaments—without giving up his own Christian convictions. Respectfully reading the Torah, the Gospel, and the Qur’an together, he argues, is of crucial importance as our world often sees these religious books as the cause of conflicts rather than the solution to them.

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Interested in similar titles? Be sure to check out the Eerdmans Christianity and Islam Collection.


  • “A Tale of Two Cities” in History
  • Is Muhammad One of the Prophets?
  • The Choice before the Human Being: Caliph or King?
  • Exodus from Babel to Jerusalem, Hijra from Mecca to Medina
  • The Ideals and the Reality of the Promised City, the Land, and the Earth
  • Solomon and the Queen of Sheba/Bilqîs in Jerusalem
  • Violence in the City
  • Prayer of Intercession for the City of Sodom
  • What Threatens the City? Gog and Magog: Mammon and Moloch
  • How Is the Victory over the Cities Viewed?
  • To Whom Does the Victory Belong?

Praise for the Print Edition

Only an erudite, excellent, and critical scholar like Anton Wessels could have brought such seemingly disparate elements together in such a brilliant and enlightening way. . . . This coherent tour de force invites us to reevaluate our perspectives on truth, history, revelation, and even the divine. As always, Wessels opens up new vistas. I recommend this timely and pertinent book to anyone interested in a peaceful and just world. It is intellectually stimulating and one of the most hopeful books in our current polarized context.

—Charles Amjad-Ali, Emeritus Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Justice and Christian Community, Luther Seminary

A remarkable, helpful resource for reading the Torah, the Gospel, and the Qur’an in relation to each other focused on central questions that arise in each. . . . The reader will learn a lot about Qur’anic and biblical texts and their contexts and will have to rethink some basic assumptions about his or her religious tradition, particularly pertaining to its relationship with the other religious traditions ‘of the book.’ This is just the kind of thought and conversation that we sorely need today in order to build constructive and peaceful relationships across our religious boundaries.

—Heidi Hadsell, president, Hartford Seminary

Product Details

  • Title: The Torah, the Gospel, and the Qur’an: Three Books, Two Cities, One Tale
  • Author: Anton Wessels
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 334
  • Resource Type: Topical
  • Topic: Islam

About Anton Wessels

Anton Wessels is an ordained Presbyterian minister and professor emeritus of religion at the Free University of Amsterdam. His other books include Europe: Was It Ever Really Christian? and Muslims and the West: Can They Be Integrated?