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The Cry of Ishmael – Part 4

In case you have got the impression that all the sons of Ishmael and Isaac do is fight – think again. The Bible also shows an extraordinary intertwining of their linked destinies. For example, Ishmaelite traders rescued Joseph from a desert pit (Gen.37:23-28); when Moses was exiled to the wilderness […]

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The Cry of Ishmael – Part 3

In part 2 of this series we saw that Abraham (i.e. the ‘exalted father’) is an iconic lynch-pin of faith for Jews, Christians and Muslims alike. Ishmael and his younger brother Isaac buried their father Abraham together (Gen.25:7-9) pointing to some sort of shared destiny for Jews, Muslims and Christians […]

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The Cry of Ishmael – Part 2

In part one of this series we saw that Abraham (i.e. the ‘exalted father’) is an iconic lynch-pin of faith for Jews, Christians and Muslims alike. Genesis (the book of origins) shows how Jesus’ human ancestry was as a descendant of Abraham through Isaac. From the same account, Islamic tradition […]

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The Cry of Ishmael – Part 1

Genesis means ‘book of origins’. It describes the origins of the universe; the earth; mankind; the spiritual cancer of sinful human nature; race and ethnicity; languages and people such as the Jews and the Arabs – the ethnic group into which Muhammad (Islam’s founder) was born. The traditional roots of […]

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The Gift of Repentance

People seem to want to hit Muslims over the head insisting they repent. I sense in this the aggressive attitude I used to have when I thought repentance was like nasty medicine – a negative thing to deliver a positive outcome. My mental image was of John the Baptist as […]

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Is Allah the God of the Bible?

This question is one of the biggest drivers of a strident Evangelical reaction to Muslims. Two things bother me about the “no” response – one is the attitude of un-grace that can accompany it; the other is the tenuous evidence that is used to support the “no” verdict. For some, […]

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The Certainty Trap: Can Christians and Muslims Afford the Luxury of Fundamentalism?

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Bill Musk has lived in the Middle East for many years, gaining quality experience in Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and Tunisia. An Oxford graduate, he holds a doctorate in the Science of Religion from the University of South Africa and is author of several books including The […]

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