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Scriptural Quotations And References

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This section contains scriptural quotations and references relevant to discussion of eastern Christian apologetics and apocalyptic in response to Islam in the book The Legend of Sergius Baḥīrā. The texts presented in this book have at their core a very simple idea. It is the idea that the Prophet Muḥammad, during his early years, encountered a Christian monk. Most Muslims and Christians in the Middle East, who as early as the eighth century CE were telling stories about this encounter, would not have liked to call this encounter an 'idea' but rather a 'historical given'. Although they had different opinions about what happened during the encounter, they all agreed that it was hugely significant for a correct understanding of where Islam came from, what its message was and whether it was truly founded on divine revelation.

Keywords: Islam; Prophet Muḥammad; Sergius Baḥīrā



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