Is the Quran or Bible the Word of God? Christianity or Islam?

The Manuscript Tradition in Christianity and Islam

There are hundreds of thousands of variants in biblical manuscripts?

Muslims reject the authority of the Christian Scriptures for a number of reasons.  One Muslim fatwa states the Christians and Jews distorted the Scriptures by wiping out descriptions of Muhammad.  Others appeal to textual criticism and the manuscript tradition of the Bible.  Those who reject the Bible for this latter reason are guilty of  holding to a double standard:

  • Some Muslims criticize the Bible’s textual tradition without knowledge that manuscripts of the Quran contain copyist mistakes1 and there is a textual history for the hadiths.2

Dan Wallace and the Reliability of the Bible

If you are interested in learning more about the textual tradition of the Bible and the Bible’s reliability then here are some helpful videos to watch with Dr. Dan Wallace on the John Ankerberg show:




Are there any passages in the Bible that you sincerely struggle with?  If so, share your question below or use the contact page to send me an email. 

In several posts I have discussed the trustworthiness and reliability of the Bible.  I invite you to read my book as I have explored the Quran and discused with Muslims around the world whether it is the Word of God: 

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 What others have said about the book, Is the Qur’an the Word of God?

“Most of our misunderstandings about God, His Word and His world stem not from having wrong answers but asking the wrong questions in the first place. In this book, you will find the most necessary questions asked and answered. Christianity is not afraid of investigation…As a former Muslim and now a Christian apologist, I cannot help but wishing that I had this book when I was searching for the truth!”
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  1. Textual criticism of the Quran is a most controversial topic.  Many Muslims believe that one of the miracles of the Quran is that the Quran has no textual history (e.g. manuscript variants).  This, Muslims point out, is proof that the Quran is superior to the Christian Scriptures.  However, the critical scholarship Muslims sometimes use against the Bible evidences more than one prototype that preceded the codified and canonized version of the Quran today.  See for example, Gerd Puin, Querying the Quran []
  2. See for example, Eric F.F. Bishop, “Form-Criticism and the Forty-two Traditions of al-Nawawi,” Muslim World, Vol. 30, No. 3, 1940, pp. 253-61; and “Academic scholarship in the Western tradition” in Wikipedia []

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