Understanding Jesus and Muhammad


What the ancient texts say about them

by: Bernie Power
Publish date: 2016
Pages: 168
Publisher: Acorn press
Dimensions: 212 x 140
ISBN: 9780994254450

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Jesus and Muhammad are arguably the two most influential individuals who have ever lived. Over half of the world today claims to follow them and the religions they founded: Christianity and Islam.
But who were these two men? Where did they come from? What did they do and teach? And what was their vision for the future?
This book answers all these questions, drawing on the earliest ancient documents we have about them.
In the light of the current tensions that exist in the world, the future of civilisation may well depend on how humanity responds to Jesus and Muhammad.

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Bernie Power holds degrees in Science, Arts and Theology. His doctorate focused on the Hadith. He has spent over twenty years as an Interserve partner living and working among Muslims in Asia and the Middle East. Currently he lectures in Islamic Studies at the Melbourne School of Theology, Australia. His desire is to help Christians and Muslims understand more about each other and what they believe.

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5 reviews for Understanding Jesus and Muhammad

  1. Linda Frakes

    Bernie Power’s Understanding Jesus and Muhammad is brilliantly compiled to give a clear understanding of the similarities and differences of the founders of Christianity & Islam – and their respective teachings. I had previously read the Bible and the Koran, and these left me with a serious concern about the genuine conflicts between these two religions: conflicts that are being played out violently throughout the world, including, in more recent times … Australia.

    For this reason, the doctrines of these two religions should be understood by all politicians and media people. It would, unfortunately, be too much to ask them to read the sacred texts of these religions, but they should, at the least, read this book.

    It would also make a good text book for all secondary school children, to help them to understand the religious conflicts in the world in which they are growing up. I would recommend this book to everyone who has any interest in world affairs.

  2. Review by John Sharpe, senior minister at Ringwood Church of Christ.

    A useful book in a time when clarity and truth are needed. All world faiths are powerful story houses. It is a good and purposeful thing to understand them. We all inhabit ‘story houses’ which describe our hopes, expectations, values, perspective and sense of ‘life’ … they are constructed by our family of origin, our nation, personal history and also the values and faiths we inhabit, including humanistic and even atheistic world views. It is a modern temptation and myth to say that all ‘story houses’ are the same – some story orientations are perennially honouring and kind while others can be depraved, depressive and broken. Most of us are working on our ‘story houses’ all the time.
    This book takes us beyond mere opinion, prejudice or passionate postulating into a succinct and clear comparison of two key generators of ‘story houses’: Jesus and Muhammad. This is done by allowing key documents, teachings, actions, behaviours and orientations of the two to speak in a definitive way. The text, while short, is packed with key insights and has been written for the Muslim, the Christian or indeed anyone wanting to understand the points of connection and departure in these two lives.

  3. Dr Stuart Robinson Founding Pastor Crossway; Research Fellow, Melbourne School of Theology

    When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb’ (Luke 2:41). My experience was similar as I browsed the chapter headings in Bernie Power’s book, Understanding Jesus and Muhammad. I immediately put aside all else and read the entire book. I was not disappointed.
    Bernie has combined his lifetime experience of living in Muslim communities with his gifting as an apologist and evangelist supplemented by his scholarship and knowledge of original languages of the sacred texts, Hebrew, Greek and Arabic. He dives straight into the most controversial issues dividing Christians and Muslims. He simplifies and makes available complex materials for any Christian or Muslim reader.
    Bernie is no armchair theorist or cloistered University Don. What he has provided is a “must have” essential tool for every person who interfaces with Muslims anywhere. This book will strengthen your own faith and provide irrefutable answers to engage in the biggest struggle of our time—truth in Christianity and Islam.

  4. Professor Peter Riddell, Melbourne School of Theology

    In this remarkable book, Dr Bernie Power draws on his extensive experience in engaging with Muslims. This work is accessible to non-specialist readers and equips Christians with both answers to common Muslim objections about Christianity and insights into questions about Muhammad and Islam. He lets the primary texts of both faiths speak for themselves and successfully captures the dramatic differences between the recorded lives of Jesus and Muhammad. This has ramifications for today’s world, with readers better able to understand contrasts between Christians and Muslims in the present day who model their lives on Jesus and Muhammad respectively.

  5. Dr Richard Shumack Director of the Centre for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths, Melbourne School of Theology

    The question of just who the real Muhammad was, and what he was like, is a pressing and vexed one in today’s heated political and social climate. Myriad voices tell us alternately that Islam – and Christianity – are horribly violent and essentially peaceful. Into this sea of confusion Bernie Power brings clarity. He draws on a deep scholarly knowledge of Islamic sources, yet with a startling simplicity he outlines Muhammad’s life and teaching, comparing him to Jesus as he goes. It is worth buying Understanding Jesus and Muhammad for the summary diagrams and charts alone! Highly recommended.

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