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Keywords:

  • Bible;
  • biography;
  • Christian;
  • Christianity;
  • interpretation;
  • Islam;
  • Jesus;
  • Mary;
  • Muslim;
  • dialogue;
  • Qur'an;
  • scripture;
  • narrative;
  • theological

Abstract

Jesus and Mary have been called simultaneously a bridge and a gulf between two massive, complex religion-communities. In spite of this – and in spite of obvious distinctions between instructional venues such as a church's adult education program, a seminary classroom, or a required university theology course – a fairly consistent set of strategies work well when helping Christians understand Jesus and Mary as Muslims known them. Gaining such familiarity is useful preparation for Christians' eventual appreciative conversation with Muslims.