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Witnesses From The Words Of The Torah, The Prophets And The Saints

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The untitled text designated as "Witnesses from the Words of the Torah and the Prophets and the Saints" in its opening line, is at first glance an unusual document, being simply a list of biblical citations from the Old Testament in no apparent order. The text itself consists of approximately eighty quotations taken exclusively from the Old Testament to be used as proof texts to substantiate the Trinity and Incarnation. All of the passages are brief, none is more than ten verses long according to modern numbering and many are only a few words. The time period in which it was composed and the purpose behind Abu Raitah's other writings suggests an interesting possibility. This collection of verses represents an initial effort to translate important and useful biblical passages into Arabic and make them accessible to those who needed to avail themselves of apologetical materials.

Keywords: Abu Raitah; Old Testament; Torah; Trinity and Incarnation



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