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The Second Ris Lah Of Abū Rā’Iṭah Al-Takrītīs On The Incarnation

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Abu Raitah's Second Risalah on the Incarnation was written in conjunction with the previous risalah on the Trinity to an unnamed Jacobite with the purpose of answering questions raised by Muslims about these two Christian doctrines. The aim of this text is to establish common ground with the Muslim mutakallimån with whom he was in conversation in order to show first that the Jacobite teaching on the Incarnation is not contradictory, and second, that Christianity is in fact the true religion. In the risalah on the Incarnation, the opponents in the debate have challenged Abu Raitah to explain how God can have become human and incarnated without change or alteration. In risalah, Abu Raitah treats some of the most troubling problems for Muslims about Christianity using both those concepts and strategies developed in the previous risalah on the Trinity and additional material taken from the Muslim and Christian Scriptures.

Keywords: Abu Raitah Al-Takriti; Christian Scriptures; incarnation; Jacobite teaching; Muslim Scriptures; Second Risalah



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