Chapter 11 : The Bible as Islamic Scripture

At this point the basic issues of Islam have been examined in the light of the Bible. It is appropriate to change points of view. Rather than beginning with the beliefs and practices of Islam as such, and looking for them in the Bible, it is now time to take the Bible as it stands, and see how it appears from an Islamic viewpoint. We turn to the exami­nation of a particular Biblical text as a text of Islam. We have already noted that James the brother of Christ is the final Imamic figure to appear in the Bible. It is therefore appropriate to look at the epistle attributed to him as we seek a bridge from the faith of the Bible to historical Islam.