Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

'Ammār al-Basrī on the alleged corruption of the gospels

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

In the first half of the ninth century ʿAmmār Al-Basrī mounted an unparalleled defence of the authenticity of the Christian Gospels in the context of Abbasid rule. This Nestorian theologian produced two apologetic works, both of which deal with the Islamic charge that the Gospel had become corrupt in the hands of the followers of Christ. Previous Christian references to the alleged corruption of the Christian scriptures are found in the writings of John of Damascus and the Nestorian Patriarch Timothy I. John refers only to the fact that Muslims mistrust the prophetic predictions that Jesus was to be the Messiah, since they believe that the writings of the prophets have been tampered with. There is no mention of corruption of the Gospels themselves. This might confirm the impression made by Q 3.78 and 7.162 that the Jews were guilty of corrupting their scriptures.

Keywords: ʿAmmār Al-Basrī; Abbasid rule; Christ; Christian Gospels; Islam; Messiah



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    The Bible in Arab Christianity — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation