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Theodore Abu Qurrah

Theodore Abu Qurrah, who died approximately 820 CE, was the Chalcedonian bishop of Haran and one of the first Arab Christian theologians. In numerous Arabic and Greek works, Abu Qurrah defended his faith from the challenges of Islam and the opponents of Chalcedon, and in doing so re-articulated traditional Christian teachings using the language and concepts of Muslim theologians. His writings provide an important witness to Christian thought in the early Islamic world.

This volume is the first English translation of nearly the complete corpus of Theodore Abu Qurrah’s works, with extensive notes on the Arabic and Greek texts. The translations are accompanied by a comprehensive introduction to Abu Qurrah’s life and writings. Specialists and nonspecialists alike will find this volume to be an accessible and important contribution to the history of Christian theology and early Islamic and Byzantine thought.

450 pages | 6 x 9

Eastern Christian Texts

Religion: Christianity

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Table of Contents

The Life of Theodore Abu Qurrah
Discerning the True Religion and the True Church
    The True Religion
    The True Church
On the Present Translation
    Theodore’s Greek Works
    Theodore’s Arabic Works
    Matters of Structure and Style
Index of Theodore’s Greek Opuscula
Index to Basha’s Edition of Theodore’s Arabic Works
I. Discerning the True Religion
1. Theologus Autodidactus
2. Against the Jews
3. That Christianity Is from God
4. On the Confirmation of the Gospel
5. On the Characteristics of the True Religion
II. Discerning the True Church
6. On the Councils
7. Epistle to the Armenians
8. Against the Armenians
9. On the Union and the Incarnation
10. On the Death of Christ
11. On Our Salvation
12. Theodore’s Confession of Faith
III. Topics in Controversial Theology
13. On the Method of the Knowledge of God
14. On Natural Theology
15. On the Trinity
16. On Free Will
17. Questions on Free Will
IV. The Byzantine Legacy
18. Refutations of the Saracens by Theodore Abu Qurrah, the Bishop of Haran, as Reported by John the Deacon
19. Greek Fragments
Index of Scriptural Citations

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