The Gentle Answer

Is the Bible corrupt 
and/or falsified?

A scholarly response to a claim that many Muslims have made in relation to non-Muslims for more than 1200 years; that the text of the Bible is corrupt and/or falsified.


A Key Resource for Christians and Muslims - A Game Changer

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 July 2016

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The Gentle Answer responds to the Muslim claims by placing the Bible and the Qur'an on a level scholarly playing field to show that questions about the Qur'an are at least as challenging as questions about the Bible.

"Over the 20 years I have been dialoguing with Muslims, the accusation that “the Bible has been corrupted” is the most common I hear. Gordon does a great job showing how that polemic developed later in Islam—it’s not there in the Qur’an, Hadith, or early Tafsir literature. He also offers a great summary of the latest critical scholarship on the Qur’an".


Andy Bannister 

Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity

Is this Book for You?

  • Are you a seminary student in Islamic Studies?
  • Are you a moslem interested in this book?
  • Do you think the Bible is falsified?
  • Are you a pastor looking to minister to Islamic Culture?
  • Do you like to reason?

10 ways to know that the Bible is not falsified

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"Thus far we have seen that neither the Qur’an itself, nor the understandings of the Qur’an among the earliest Muslim commentators, make a clear and distinct accusation about the material alteration of the earlier scriptures. Wherever the Qur’an names the earlier scriptures, it speaks about them only with respect. In the commentaries, the overwhelming majority of references to the earlier scriptures picture them as available and intact sources of attestation to the messenger of Islam. The few accusations of falsification that do appear in the commentaries need to be read in the context of the majority understanding."


Dr. Gordon Nickel

Book Chapters

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Chapter 1: Invitation to Read and Reason

Scholarly, academic, non-confessional study of the Quran has lagged behind the study of the Bible to such an extent that a prominent scholar of the Quran could write in 1977 that "as a document susceptible of analysis by the instruments and techniques of Biblical criticism," the Quran was "virtually unknown."

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Chapter 2: The Qur'an's Respectful view of the Bible

"The Gentle Answer" responds to many of the accusations in an attack on the Bible widely distributed in South Asia as well as across to Turkey in the west and Indonesia in the east, the "Iẓhār al-ḥaqq." Section 2 of my book seeks to correct many misconceptions about the Bible upon which the "Iẓhār" is based.

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Chapter 3: The Respectful view of Muslim Exegetes

Muslim polemic against the Bible does not pause to inquire how the great commentators on the Qur'an interpreted the verses that polemicists like to quote in an effort to support their accusations. The interpretations of the exegetes were strikingly different from the polemical use of the "tampering verses" past and present. This post is chapter 3 of my book "The Gentle Answer to the Muslim Accusation of Biblical Falsification" -- a response to the famous polemic by Rahmatallah Kairanwi, "Iẓḥār al-ḥaqq."

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Chapter 4: Tales of Intact Scriptures

Whenever the Quran explicitly mentions the pre-Islamic scriptures, it consistently describes them only in the most positive and respectful terms. I thought I would document this early on in my response to Muslim accusations of biblical falsification, "The Gentle Answer."

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Chapter 5: The Matter of the Messenger

Whenever the Quran explicitly mentions the pre-Islamic scriptures, it consistently describes them only in the most positive and respectful terms. I thought I would document this early on in my response to Muslim accusations of biblical falsification, "The Gentle Answer."

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Chapter 6: The Accusation is False

Whenever the Quran explicitly mentions the pre-Islamic scriptures, it consistently describes them only in the most positive and respectful terms. I thought I would document this early on in my response to Muslim accusations of biblical falsification, "The Gentle Answer."

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Chapter 7: Judging by False Assumptions

Whenever the Quran explicitly mentions the pre-Islamic scriptures, it consistently describes them only in the most positive and respectful terms. I thought I would document this early on in my response to Muslim accusations of biblical falsification, "The Gentle Answer."

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Chapter 8: One Gospel in Four Accounts

Whenever the Quran explicitly mentions the pre-Islamic scriptures, it consistently describes them only in the most positive and respectful terms. I thought I would document this early on in my response to Muslim accusations of biblical falsification, "The Gentle Answer."

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Chapter 9: Reliability of the New Testament

Whenever the Quran explicitly mentions the pre-Islamic scriptures, it consistently describes them only in the most positive and respectful terms. I thought I would document this early on in my response to Muslim accusations of biblical falsification, "The Gentle Answer."

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Chapter 10: Reliability of the Hebrew Scriptures

Whenever the Quran explicitly mentions the pre-Islamic scriptures, it consistently describes them only in the most positive and respectful terms. I thought I would document this early on in my response to Muslim accusations of biblical falsification, "The Gentle Answer."

Bonus Videos


Access to these bonus videos are sent along with the first 3 chapters of this book

Muslim Sources

The Gentle Answer opens with six chapters on what

Muslim scripture and other early Muslim writings say about the Bible.

Reliability of the Bible

Muslim accusations against the Bible must be answered,

and there is plenty of solid academic scholarship to support the

Bible’s truth and authenticity.

Quranic Studies

What has modern academic study of the Quran shown about its

origins and content?

Jesus the Fulfillment of Prophecy

The final six chapters of The Gentle Answer celebrate some of the

many great features of Jesus that the Bible presents.

Meet The Author!

Dr. Gordon Nickel, PhD.

Director | South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies | Qur'anic Studies

Christian scholar and writer on Islamic Studies, especially academic study of the Quran. School of Oriental and African Studies, London, MA South Asian Religious Studies, 1987. University of Calgary, PhD Quranic Studies under Dr Andrew Rippin, 2004. Teaching on Islam and the Quran at Associated Canadian Theological Schools, University of Calgary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and the University of British Columbia. Also extensive teaching in South Asia in Karachi, Hyderabad and most recently Bangalore at South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies. Author of "Narratives of Tampering in the Earliest Commentaries on the Qur'an" (Brill 2011), "The Gentle Answer to the Muslim Accusation of Scriptural Falsification" (Bruton Gate 2015), and "The Quran with Christian Commentary" (Zondervan Academic 2020)

What Influencers Say...

The Gentle Answer is a brilliant refutation of the charges of corruption by a first rate Qur’anic scholar and missionary practitioner. His thorough familiarity with Arabic, Hebrew and Greek, issues of textual transmission of the Bible and Qur’an, as well as knowledge of the history of the interpretation of the Qur’an are clearly evident in this meticulously researched and impressive work.

Harold A. Netland, PhD

The Gentle Answer to the Muslim Accusation of Biblical Falsification. Dr Nickel’s book sets out to answer in particular, the fierce accusations found in an influential Arabic work, first published in 1864, namely the Izhar al Haqq (which translates as “Demonstration of Truth”) by Rahmat Allah Kairanwi.

Bishop A.H. (Tony) Nichols

"Over the 20 years I have been dialoguing with Muslims, the accusation that “the Bible has been corrupted” is the most common I hear. Gordon does a great job showing how that polemic developed later in Islam—it’s not there in the Qur’an, Hadith, or early Tafsir literature. He also offers a great summary of the latest critical scholarship on the Qur’an".

Andy Bannister

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