Comparing the Qur'an and the Bible

What They Really Say about Jesus, Jihad, and More

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What do Muslims really believe?

In our multicultural world, Christians and Muslims will inevitably meet, work with, and live near each other. We hear bits and pieces about what Muslims believe, but is it all true? What does the Qur'an really say about things like Jesus, war, and non-Muslims? What does the Bible say? If we are to engage in informed, loving conversation with Muslims, we need to be equipped with more than the often-specious talking points we glean from the news or email forwards.

Comparing the Qur'an and the Bible offers an unprecedented collection of passages and doctrines of both faiths presented side by side for easy study and comparison, covering such key issues as


Islam is one of the fastest-growing faiths in the world. If we are to engage in an informed, loving conversation with Muslims, this book is an indispensible collection of accurate, understandable information taken directly from the primary source books of both faiths.


"A careful and accurate study, based on the biggest primary sources rather than rehashing what others have written--a huge plus to this book."--Paul L. Maier, professor of ancient history, Western Michigan University; author of Pontius Pilate, The Flames of Rome, and In the Fullness of Time

"Even though this study is written by a seasoned Christian pastor, this is an objective comparison between the Bible and the Qur'an that any serious Christian student of Islam needs. Also Muslims will find a lot of information that would help them in discovering new avenues to understanding the Bible."--Hicham Chehab, pastor of Salam Arabic Church, Chicago; former adjunct professor of Islam at Concordia University, Michigan

"This book's layout--a side-by-side comparison of what the Qur'an and the Bible have to say on a wide range of specific subjects--is extremely enlightening. Even without Rev. Richter's very helpful comments, this comparison design let's these two very different religions speak for themselves. The Christian Gospel simply glows from the pages of the study."--Rev. Ronald Weidler, Batavia, Illinois

"It is rare that I would have a guest on my radio program more than twice. However, I have had Rick Richter on three times because his book is filled with interesting information that cannot be exhausted in a one-hour interview."--Tom Baker, host of Law and Gospel Radio Broadcast

"Rick Richter's book is a landmark work providing excellent tools for understanding the differences and comparisons of the two religious books and also for Christian evangelism. The common misunderstandings of the Bible exhibited in the Qur'an are clearly delineated, and the many misunderstandings of what Muslims truly believe are clearly outlined as well. I can recommend this text to both teacher and student."--Rev. Peter Conwell Richards, missionary to Africa

"The scholarship and research as well as the approachable style go hand-in-hand with an unambiguous witness to Christ. This will be both a great help to those seeking spiritual truth and also a deep comfort to those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God and the Savior of the Nations."--Rev. Dan P Gilbert, president of the Northern Illinois District of the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod

The Author

  1. Rick Richter

    Rick Richter

    Rick Richter (MDiv, Concordia Seminary) has been a pastor in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod for fifty years and has been researching Islam and holding workshops on the Qur'an and the Bible for the past decade. He served in the Chicago area for many years...

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