The Qur’ān and Kerygma
The Qur’ān’s biblical foregrounds have long formed a controversial concern within Qur’ānic Studies, with field-leading scholars debating the Muslim scripture’s complex relationship and “response” to the Judeo-Christian canon. This contentious subject has largely overshadowed, however, a reciprocal, yet no less rich, textual relationship which forms the focus of the present study. Rather than read the Muslim scripture in light of its biblical antecedents, The Qur’ān & Kerygma adopts the inverse approach, situating the Qur’ān as itself the formative foreground to pivotal acts of biblical translation, composition and commentary. The book argues, in particular, that Qur’ānic receptions have provoked and paralleled key readings and renditions of the Bible, enriching acts of creative authorship and interpretation that have contoured the legacy and language of Judeo-Christian “kerygma”.
Structured chronologically, the study’s span of more than a millennium is sustained by case studies selected from representative areas and eras, exploring innovative adaptations and translations of Qur’ānic diction undertaken by biblical authors from 9th-century Andalucía to 20th-century North America. Mirroring its subject matter, the book engages a literary critical approach, offering close-readings of targeted texts frequently neglected and never before synthesized in a single study, highlighting the stylistic, as well as spiritual, influence on exegetes of the Bible exercised by Islamic writ.
Published: Oct 1, 2019
|From al-Fātiḥah to Hallelujah: The Qur’ānic Psalter of Ḥafṣ al-Qūṭī||Jeffrey Einboden|
|“Verily have I Found Allāh Oft-Returning”: The Qur’ānic Poetics of Sulaimān al-Ghazzī||Jeffrey Einboden|
|“The Religion of the Messiah in Multitudes”: Echoes of the Qur’ān across Christian Schisms||Jeffrey Einboden|
|“Adheres to the Arabic Idiom”: Ludovico Marracci’s Qur’ānic Vulgates||Jeffrey Einboden|
|“By Origin and Language an Hebrew”: The Genesis of a Judaic Qur’ān||Jeffrey Einboden|
|A “Totally Typological” Christian Qur’ān: Northrop Frye’s Triple Mirror||Jeffrey Einboden|
|Coda to The Qur’ān & Kerygma: “Synthesis of the Word”||Jeffrey Einboden|
Einboden’s The Qur’ān and Kerygma opens the door for new opportunities in the study of Christian-Muslim relations. While recent scholarship on the Qurʾān has focused on its ‘context’, ‘biblical subtext’, and biblical impressions in the Qurʾān, Einboden’s fresh study flips this relationship by investigating the impressions of the Qurʾān on Arabic Christian commentaries and translations of the Bible. The Qur’ān and Kerygma provides exciting new insights into the intertextuality of the Bible and the Qurʾān.
David D. Grafton, Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations, Hartford Seminary