Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

Jesus and the Incarnation: Reflections of Christians from Islamic Contexts

Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

Jesus and the Incarnation: Reflections of Christians from Islamic Contexts

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Jesus and the Incarnation: Reflections of Christians from Islamic Contexts.

Edited by David Emmanuel Singh. Oxford: Regnum Books, 2011. Pp. vii, 245. Paperback 24.99 [pounds sterling].

Jesus and the Incarnation is a collection of papers representing a wide range of Christian voices and perspectives around the themes of "The Word Made Flesh" and "The Word Made Book" within the context of global Muslim-Christian encounters. After the introductory chapter by David Singh, the book is divided into three major sections: "The Word," "Community," and "Witness."

Instead of simply focusing on the old polemics between Islam and Christianity on the divisive topic of the Incarnation, this collection is an attempt to "make way for creative forms of conversation and debate" (pp. 16-17) between the two faiths.

Some of the articles seem to be more relevant to the stated theme of the book than others. As always, Kenneth Cragg brings out fresh and creative insights by showing how, even within the Islamic understanding of revelation, "if the eternal is to enter into the temporal, there must be a point of entry where the universal has become the particular, the timeless the time-old" (p. …

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