Communicating the Word is a record of the 2008 Building
Bridges seminar, an annual dialogue between leading Christian and
Muslim scholars convened by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Featuring
the insights of internationally known Christian and Muslim
scholars, the essays collected here focus attention on key
scriptural texts but also engage with both classical and
contemporary Islamic and Christian thought. Issues addressed
include, among others, the different ways in which Christians and
Muslims think of their scriptures as the "Word of God," the
possibilities and challenges of translating scripture, and the
methods-and conflicts-involved in interpreting scripture in the
past and today.
In his concluding reflections, Archbishop Rowan Williams draws
attention to a fundamental point emerging from these fascinating
contributions: "Islam and Christianity alike give a high valuation
to the conviction that God speaks to us. Grasping what that does
and does not mean . . . is challenging theological work."
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