Upcoming convocation discusses relationship between Qur’an and Bible
February 16, 2012 By Elizabeth Trollinger
“The Muslim Jesus and a Table in Heaven,” at 7 p.m. on March 6
in Weisiger Theatre. Reynolds is a noted scholar on the link
between the Qur’an and Biblical literature.
An upcoming convocation will allow students to think about religion in a unique way.
Gabriel Said Reynolds will lead a discussion, “The Muslim Jesus and a Table in Heaven,” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6 in Weisiger Theatre. Reynolds is associate professor of Islamic studies and theology, director of the master of theological studies program and Tisch Family Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Theology at Notre Dame University.
“This lecture will bring together some of the key issues related to the formation and interconnectedness of religious traditions,” says Visiting Instructor of Religion Matthew Pierce. “The inter-textual nature of Jewish, Christian and Muslim scriptures is a critical facet of Western societies.”
Reynolds is known for his scholarship about the relationship between the Qur’an and Biblical literature. As such, in his convocation address, he will take an in-depth look at a passage in the Qur’an in which Jesus calls down a table of food from heaven, and how this passage is believed to relate to the Bible. In turn, Reynolds will explore what this portion of the Qur’an suggests for how Islam may be connected to the New Testament.
“In addition to being relevant to many of Centre’s classes on religion, literature and history, this convocation will likely have broad appeal and facilitate a more nuanced discussion of the Islamic scriptural tradition,” Pierce says. “I suspect there will be members in the community for whom this lecture will be of interest.”
The convocation is free and open to the public. For a complete list of convocations for the spring semester, click here.
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