While in Speakers Corner about two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to discuss the New Testament (and a few of its variants) along with the historicity of the Crucifixion narrative using my Nestle-Aland 28th Edition Greek New Testament…with a Greek Christian. This proved very opportune, as he could openly correct me had I lied or made a mistake about what the Greek New Testament said! I was excited to be put to the test and suffice it to say, I think the discussion went quite well.
We earlier tried to have the same discussion but an older missionary gentleman was listening in (as others do), and while this was not a problem, the moment I raised a problematic question he reacted in an absurd way that led to the conversation ending. Thankfully my Greek colleague was up for round two, where we summarized the first discussion and had a full length discussion on the above mentioned topics. It’s decidedly worth the watch, many thanks to the EFDawah YouTube channel for recording and uploading the dialogue with excellent quality!
and God knows best.
I’d like to announce that Ustadh Alie Ataie, whom I personally consider to be the most professional Muslim scholar on Christianity is having a 12 week course on the Gospels for free! This is an unmissable event, he speaks Arabic, Hebrew and Greek, he’s also graduated from a Christian Theological Seminary!
Here’s a little information on him:
Ali Ataie is the President and Founder of Muslim Interfaith Council and has been involved in interfaith activities for over ten years. He earned his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Cal Poly State University in 2000, during which time he served as the President of the Muslim Students’ Association . He has been both a guest lecturer and guest instructor at several colleges and universities such as Cal Poly State , UC Davis , UC Berkeley, and Cal State East Bay . He studied various Islamic sciences under local Bay Area scholars and has dialogued and debated with several Christian scholars on a variety of topics ranging from the historicity of the resurrection of Christ (upon whom be peace) and the Prophethood of Muhammad (upon whom be peace and blessings). He is a graduate of the Badr Arabic Language Institute in Hadramawt, Yemen and studied at the prestigious Dar al-Mustafa under some of the most eminent scholars in the world. He holds a Masters’ Degree in Biblical Studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, (the first Muslim seminarian in the 143 year history of the school to do so), and is working on a PhD in Islamic Biblical Hermeneutics.
Click here to register for the free course!
Spaces are limited! Very limited, so please ensure you register early. Here’s the breakdown of the course:
- The importance of interdisciplinary knowledge
- Jesus (peace be upon him) and his confirmation of the theology of the Old Testament
- An introduction to the Gospel of Mark
- The two parts of the Gospel of Mark
- Eschatology and expectation of the end of time
- The two strands of Christianity
- The Messianic secret
- Gospel of Mark represents Oral Proclamation of Pauline Christianity
- Matthew uses Mark’s chronological structure
- Interdependency of the Four Gospels
- Four Gospels are called Synoptic Gospels
- An introduction to the Gospel of Matthew
- Jesus (peace be upon him) as the interpreter of Sacred Law
- Matthew’s use of Old Testament to foreshadow life of Jesus (peace be upon him)
- The influence of Paul on the Gospels
- Sources of the Gospel of Matthew
- Matthew changes the Gospel of Mark
- Gospel of Luke
- An introduction to the Gospel of Luke
- New characters and their significance
- The role of Jesus (peace be upon him) in salvation
- Portrayal of Jesus (peace be upon him)’s character
- The nature of Jesus (peace be upon him) as a savior
- Sections of the Gospel
- Sources of the text
- Unique Lukan material and its significance
- Differences between Gospels of Luke, Matthew and Mark
- Authenticity of verses on the Communion
- An introduction to the Gospel of John
- Comparing John to the other Gospels
- Historicity of the Gospel of John
- The person and essence of Jesus: only human, only divine, or both?
- Was Jesus created?
- Comparison of various views of Jesus
- Authorship of John
- The importance of the Gospel of John
- The word “god” in Hebrew and Greek
- Jesus (peace be upon him) as the Messiah
- Jesus (peace be upon him) in the Gospel of John
- Who is Paraclete?
- Understanding sin and forgiveness
- Oneness of God
- Jesus (peace be upon him) has limited knowledge
- Jesus (peace be upon him) does not say he is God
- Source of names Matthew, Mark, Luke & John
- Source of the claim that Bible is Divinely Inspired
- Language of the Bible