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The First Risālah On The Holy Trinity

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Arguably the most important of all of Abu Raitah's treatises is The First Risalah on the Holy Trinity, which, along with The Risalah on the Incarnation, is written in the form of a letter answering the request of an unnamed member of another Jacobite community. The two rasail Abu Raitah offers to the Christian (and Muslim) reader are a sort of compendium of ready responses to possible questions and objections that could be leveled against Christians. In both of these treatises, Abu Raitah provides his reader with clearly formulated questions intended to identify the source of the conflict, followed by an arsenal of responses drawing on a variety of sources. Often he assumes a great deal of knowledge on the part of his reader, sketching only the barest outlines of his arguments, and giving brief references to significant theological and philosophical concepts. These are scholarly treatises, not general apologies.

Keywords: Abu Raitah; Holy Trinity; incarnation; Jacobite community



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