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  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2nd Revised & enlarged edition (12 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451583133
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451583137
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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"...Sharing Mary must be praised for its novel approach...(it) brings home ...an idea stressed by recent scholarship... that the Qur'an is in constant conversation with the Biblical tradition. The work succeeds in awakening curiosity and will surely prove a useful resource for interfaith education." --Diego A Sarrio, Washington, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, January 2011

"Written, not in a polemic spirit of proving one religion to be superior to another, but in the spirit of reconciliation... this book is highly recommended for anyone interested in interfaith dialogue." --Simon Ross Valentine, Church Times, UK, January 2011

"...the compiler of this book was motivated...to clear existing misconceptions and promote understanding and cooperation between two of the world's most widely followed religions...she deserves much credit for her invaluable contribution to inter-religious study and dialogue especially that between Islam and Christianity." --Muhammad Khan, Muslim News, UK, December 2010

"Ter Borg, neither a theologian nor involved in any community of believers, approaches her subject with great intellectual curiosity and a strong sense for the expressive eloquence of the holy texts.." --Elma Kronemeijer, Nieuwe Moskee, December 2010

The contributors accept as a given the impossibility of ... objectivity. They are convinced, however, that a modicum of fairness is possible. Based on the texts cited in this collection, the Qur'an clearly comes across as less dogmatic than is generally presumed, especially in the West. Indeed, ter Borg is of the persuasion that the Qur'an is more sensitive to women's issues and generally less violent than is usually thought. Suitable for both public and academic libraries. Recommended for lower-level
--Professor emeritus, M. Swartz, Boston University Choice, Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, April 2011

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Thankyou to Georgetown University for their launch of this book.

Thankyou to interfaith group SIFRE for the launch of this book in UK.


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Shortly after the events of 11 September 2001, the late Dr Zaki Badawi, formerly one of the leading representatives of Islam in Britain, in one of several private discussions, stated to me how "there is too much fighting in the world. It is time Muslims and Christians, although acknowledging our differences, celebrate our common heritage."
This book does precisely that. It celebrates the common heritage between Islam and Christianity, by looking at stories found in the sacred texts of both faiths.
Beginning with creation and ending with Judgement Day, the book considers shared parallel stories from the Qur'an and the Bible, arranged systematically side by side for analysis and discussion. Interpretation, as far as possible, being left to the reader, the stories of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, the Flood, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David and Goliath, Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, Job and Jonah, and Mary and Jesus, with their similarities and differences, are presented from both holy books.
Written, not in a polemic spirit of proving one religion to be superior to another, but in the spirit of reconciliation, these parallel stories are introduced by different experts writing on specific themes. Herman Beck, a Dutch Christian, talks about the reaction of his Indonesian Muslim students to reading the creation story in Genesis; Barbara Stowasser, an American theologian, tells how her students reacted to the Qur'anic story of Adam and Eve; Khaled Abou el Fadl expresses his longing for brotherhood among religious believers; the compiler tells how sharing the story of Mary gave her "a surprising new image of the mother of Jesus as a highly educated woman"; and Mehmet Pacaci, a Turkish Muslim, discusses the figurative meaning of judgement.
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This long awaited and timely book with foreward by President Obama and scholarly reflections from inclusive Muslim and Christian theologians is a groundbreaking resource for all who would grow in
understanding of their Islamic neighbours in relation to a shared scriptural and cultural heritage.

For too long Christians and Muslims have been kept apart by hundreds of years legacy of prejudice. This book lays a foundation for bridge-building and sows the seed for a renewed love of both Islamic and Judeo-Christian Scriptures in a reverential and illuminating side by side presentation. Neither is this a superficial comparison, but an informed, brilliantly researched work, revealing a most resonant interpenetration of scriptural traditions and shared sacred stories. Neither does it shirk difficult issues raised by the texts, but sheds light on many contemporary controversial issues including the position of women (in both faiths), crime and penal law, and international law.

This new work is suited to the lay reader as well as those with particular areas of expertise,
and will be of great service to school religious education teachers, to those with academic and pastoral responsibilities at tertiary level, and within the work and ministry of the worldwide Churches. Inter-Faith Study and "lectio divina" groups should find in "Sharing Mary" the perfect resource for opening up dialogue and friendship.
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By Celik on 29 Nov. 2010
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Sharing differences. In her recent book Dr. Ter Borg has provided an graceful assessment of the great sources on which Muslims and Christians find daily inspiration. Sharing Mary concentrates on finding common ground. It indicates that believers, indeed all human beings, have more in common than they have differences. They share values such as peace and forgiveness. In a scholarly fashion the author presents the possibility that through an ongoing dialogue the adherents of different religions and cultures can live together without clashing. In this time of political turmoil and violence, the dialogue among members of different civilizations--and their agreement that "peace is better"--offers a basis for an alliance of the world's great faith traditions against the violent abuse of religion. This book is an excellent call for an interreligious encounter through dialogue among two major religious traditions with the goal of designing a common path for a new humanism and a greater understanding. Dr. Gurkan Celik, director of Dialogue Academy in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
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Review of Sharing Mary: Bible and Qur'an Side by Side 16 Aug. 2010
By Br Bart Seaton SSF - Published on Amazon.com
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This long awaited and timely book with a foreward by President Obama and scholarly reflections from inclusive Muslim and Christian theologians is a groundbreaking resource for all who would grow in understanding of their Islamic neighbours in relation to a shared scriptural and cultural heritage. For too long Christians and Muslims have been kept apart by hundreds of years legacy of prejudice. This book lays a foundation for bridge-building and sows the seed for a renewed love of both Islamic and Judeo-Christian Scriptures in a reverential and illuminating side by side presentation. Neither is this a superficial comparison, but an informed, brilliantly researched work, revealing a most resonant interpenetration of scriptural traditions and shared sacred stories. Neither does it shirk difficult issues raised by the texts, but sheds light on many contemporary controversial issues including the position of women (in both faiths), crime and penal law, and international law. This new work is suited to the lay reader as well as those with particular areas of expertise, and will be of great service to school religious education teachers, to those with academic and pastoral responsibilities at tertiary level, and within the work and ministry of the worldwide Churches. Inter-Faith Study and "lectio divina" groups should find in "Sharing Mary" the perfect resource for opening up dialogue and friendship. Every monastic and theological and Bible college library should have a copy, for it represents an historic acheivement comparable to when the scriptures were first translated into the vernacular, since this side by side presentation has never before been made available, other than purely in order to assert the supposed superiority of one faith over another, as anti-Islamic polemic during the Second Crusade. It stands therefore as an unparalleled resource for dialogue/ trialogue between three major Abrahamic world faiths, and is of further importance for those working at local, national and international government levels. The author Dr Marlies ter Borg will be in high demand as a speaker and adviser on all related matters, and as a highly trained but free-lance philosopher has the advantage of having had "no consituency, whose members might scold me, raise eyebrows or even remove finances" lurking behind her. Truly a prophet for our times.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Bible and Qur'an Side by Side: a short review 26 Aug. 2010
By Rev. dr. Antje van der Hoek - Published on Amazon.com
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Having published a Dutch anthology of Bible and Qur'an quotes, the Dutch philosopher Marlies ter Borg has now written an elaborated version in English. Such a side by side anthology has not been available, other than via the Dutch site [...], or the much older German version of Johann-Dietrich Thyen, professor of Evangelical Theology at the end of the nineteenth century, essentially aimed at scholars of Christianity. Furthermore, although created with admirable honesty and diligence, the latter suffered from a slight bias, by applying Christian concepts, such as the Fall of Man, to the Qur'anic story of Paradise Lost. By contrast, Ter Borg strives for impartiality, placing the Bible and Qur'an stories side by side on an equal footing. In this, Ter Borg (herself not religious) has been very successful in making it accessible to everybody, from the interested reader to the professional academic, in a time in which such neutral perspective is urgently needed. The reader is offered a full range of stories, from Creation to Afterlife, comprising interesting similarities, but also certain major differences. Alongside the bare texts (the author refrained from a focus on interpretation, exegesis or tafsir, or on the historical context of both holy books) Ter Borg approached experts in the field, such as Herman Beck, Barbara Stowasser, Khaled Abou El Fadl, Mehmet Pacaci for brief reflections on separate themes. This has led to highly readable interludes with a recognizable personal touch. An example of such an interlude is the anecdote told by Herman Beck, while a visiting professor at an Islamic State University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in the early nineties. Once, when he read the biblical story of the creation with his Muslim students, they suddenly started laughing when he came to Genesis 2:2: "And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which he had done". Beck felt a bit unsure of himself: "Did I say something silly?" he replied. "No", his Muslim students answered, "it is only the absurd idea that God, the Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, should need a rest. God is no human being and has no human needs!" This made Beck realize that he, due to his own education and socialization, was taking things for granted, which on second thought, might need rethinking. Fortunately enough, after some thorough research, he found an interesting biblical parallel in Isaiah 40:28 which reads: "Hast thou not heard that... the Creator of the earth, fainteth neither is weary".
In summary: this anthology exposes biblical and Qur'anic stories in their differences and overlaps, which, as the author intends, will hopefully act as bridges, ready for anyone willing to cross ...

Rev. Dr. A. van der Hoek (Haarlem, The Netherlands)
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Sharing Differences 16 Sept. 2010
By Celik - Published on Amazon.com
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Sharing differences. In her recent book Dr. Ter Borg has provided an graceful assessment of the great sources on which Muslims and Christians find daily inspiration. Sharing Mary concentrates on finding common ground. It indicates that believers, indeed all human beings, have more in common than they have differences. They share values such as peace and forgiveness. In a scholarly fashion the author presents the possibility that through an ongoing dialogue the adherents of different religions and cultures can live together without clashing. In this time of political turmoil and violence, the dialogue among members of different civilizations--and their agreement that "peace is better"--offers a basis for an alliance of the world's great faith traditions against the violent abuse of religion. This book is an excellent call for an interreligious encounter through dialogue among two major religious traditions with the goal of designing a common path for a new humanism and a greater understanding. Dr. Gurkan Celik, director of Dialogue Academy in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Sharing Mary 22 Nov. 2013
By Sofyan Abbasi - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book for a class I am currently taking. We are comparing the three Abrahamic religions side by side both historically and theologically. Starting off, this book by Marlies Ter Borg introduces us with a foreword by President Obama and a notable muslim scholar and author named Khaled Abou El Fadl. The foreword brings about the intention of the book which is to provide an unbiased side by side comparison between the bible and the quran. Her intentions is to shine light on the immense amounts of similarities between the bible and the quran that have been overlooked. These similarities might have been overlooked because usually when the quran and the bible is put side by side, it is done with the intention to prove one scriptures authority and blessedness over another. This however is not the case here, Dr. Tes Borg writes starts off by building a “bridge” between the quran and the bible. She gives a brief overview of the similarities in both the quran and the bible in reference to notable names starting from adam and eve to Jesus (Isa).
Dr. Tes Borg shows that both stories are “similar in many respects different in a few.” She puts passages taken from the bible and the quran and pit them side by side to show commonalities in relation to every aspect of religion, form the day of creation to the destruction that will lead to the day of judgment. The book compares side by side the story of Adam and eve, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David, Solomon, Job and Jonah, Gabriel, Mary and Jesus. It also gives perspective on the creation in six days story, from there it talks about the destruction that will lead to the last day if reckoning and shows side by side views of how heaven and hell are attained. It even shows great similarities between how God is portrayed in the bible and how Allah is portrayed in the quran. It even goes into detail about legal and ethical issues such as the position of women, penal law in relation to crime and punishment, international law, war and peace, and common values and virtues.
The book provides astonishing exposé on unbiased similarities between the two scriptures while refraining from claiming that one book is superior to the other. This book is not only intended for those who are interested in having a good book to read but also for scholars, students and anyone who is interested in learning about interfaith similarities and differences. The books organization and delivery of content is unique and one of a kind which is why it will prove to be an asset in classrooms where the primary purpose is to compare the three Abrahamic religions side by side. Dr. Marlies Tes Borg does a great job on “building the bridge” between the bible and the quran.
Simplicity and Clarity 17 Nov. 2013
By Sam Battalio - Published on Amazon.com
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I will preface this review by saying that I am a university student, and read this book as a part of a class which compared Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.

I found that Borg does an excellent job here. She mentions right off the bat her goal of impartiality, and I believe she does an excellent job at vividly portraying the texts, offering excellent comparative commentary, from a very unbiased standpoint. It can be difficult to compare these texts, as they are extremely nuanced and different in so many ways, but this book does so with elegance.

I found the format and layout especially easy to read and comprehend. The text itself is very large and clear. I'd also add that the page layout is exceptionally simple and effective, often times with a side by side column comparing a certain story or concept in either text. There is absolutely know unnecessary digging around here when revisiting information.
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