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 on The Gentle Answer

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  • 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 THINK THE BIBLE IS FALSIFIED?

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

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Chapter 1: Today's Qur'an is not what it was

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: One Gospel in four accounts

"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: Muslim exegetes' respectful view of the Bible

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: The Qur'an's respectful view of the Bible

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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Dr. Gordon Nickel, PhD.

South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies | Director | 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)

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Dr. Gordon Nickel, PhD.

South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies | Director | 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)

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