Christian publishing company Zondervan is releasing a full translation of the Muslim Quran which features commentary throughout in order to "equip Christians to interact more fruitfully with Muslim believers."
Zondervan says the work is "factual, respectful of Muslims, and insightful on issues about which Muslims and Christians disagree."
The Quran with Christian Commentary: A Guide to Understanding the Scripture of Islam is written by Gordon D. Nickel and releases April 28.
The book's description reads:
The Quran with Christian Commentary offers a unique introduction to the primary religious text of Islam. Alongside a precise modern English translation of the Quran, author Gordon D. Nickel provides in-text notes to explain the meaning of various surahs (chapters) and ayat (verses), their interpretive history and significance in Muslim thought, and similarities and differences when compared to biblical passages. . . .
Factual, respectful of Muslims, and insightful on issues about which Muslims and Christians disagree, The Quran with Christian Commentary equips Christians to interact more fruitfully with Muslim believers. Professors and students in courses on Islam and the Quran will find this to be an invaluable resource, as will pastors and missionaries who minister among Muslims. Written at a readable level, any Christian who wants to learn more about Islam and the Quran will find it to be a rich and informative introduction.
The author, Nickel, said:
"Most of all I wanted to comment on all passages related to Jesus and the Gospel," says Nickel, a former instructor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and the University of British Columbia. "The apostle Paul wrote certain penetrating words about ‘a different gospel.' Christians are the custodians of the good news of salvation through the death of Jesus on the cross, the ‘People of the Gospel' as the Quran describes them. As such they have a stake in the portrait of Jesus offered by a scripture written 600 years after the New Testament."
Gordon Nickel is director of the Centre for Islamic Studies at South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies in Bangalore, India, and a former instructor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.