Synopses & Reviews
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.
About the Author
John C. Lamoreaux is assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University. He has written extensively on early Muslim intellectual history, Christian literature in Arabic, later Greek patristics, and Muslim-Christian relations
Table of Contents
The Life of Theodore Abu QurrahDiscerning the True Religion and the True Church The True Religion The True ChurchOn the Present Translation Theodore's Greek Works Theodore's Arabic Works Matters of Structure and StyleAbbreviationsIndex of Theodore's Greek OpusculaIndex to Basha's Edition of Theodore's Arabic Works I. Discerning the True Religion
1. Theologus Autodidactus2. Against the Jews3. That Christianity Is from God4. On the Confirmation of the Gospel5. On the Characteristics of the True Religion II. Discerning the True Church
6. On the Councils7. Epistle to the Armenians8. Against the Armenians9. On the Union and the Incarnation10. On the Death of Christ11. On Our Salvation12. Theodore's Confession of Faith III. Topics in Controversial Theology
13. On the Method of the Knowledge of God14. On Natural Theology15. On the Trinity16. On Free Will17. 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 Deacon19. Greek Fragments BibliographyIndex of Scriptural CitationsIndex