Religious Texts- Examining the Content of the Holy Bible and the Holy Quran
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Sunlight beams through arched windows encased in stained glass; reflecting rays of red, blue, green, and yellow throughout the entryway. Below our feet, a wood floor echoes as we walk, and silences with a step onto the red carpet. Dark mahogany pews stand at attention to our left and right. Directly above on the back wall, a stained glass image of a woman standing over an infant in a cradle, sunlight illuminating her delicate features, she gazes down at the child. Her thin angelic lips slightly open, her hands clasped together in a prayer-like stance. A blue veil cascades down her shoulders interlocking with her robe below. To the right of the infant, a table displays a large white book with gold-tipped pages. On the cover, prominent gold letters display the words The Holy Bible.
Two of the world’s largest religions use faith-powered books such as the Holy Bible and the Holy Quran, to educate their members. Scriptures in these books have provided religious history, given spiritual guidance, and established moral theologies passed down from one generation to another. Still religious icons and historical occurrences within these books, when compared are often similar and contradictory in many scriptures. Equally important, these books have one major element in common: both believe their book is the ‘Word of God’.
Christianity is the largest practiced religion with 2.2 billion members, or 33% of the world population. Today there are hundreds of smaller Christian denominations all over the world; practicing Christians believe the Holy Bible is the word of God.
Scholars in both Christian and Judaic traditions agree the first translation of the Old Testament from Hebrew to Greek occurred about the year 3 BCE. This first volume con...
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...urrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ.
There are many different interpretations and translations of words in both the Holy Bible and the Holy Quran over the centuries. Although the Quran said to be, the original recitation even Muslims agree the Quran was not all documented by Mohammad and he has assistance from companions. We know the Bible had many authors and the book has been written-and-rewritten, interpreted-and-reinterpreted, translated-and-retranslated, and then communicated to people-by-people who are not without sin. Without personal faith paired with the tenants of scripture of either religion, a follower would find it difficult to live by the words of either book. The books, without doubt, represent religion as a powerful, life-altering force in the lives of many thousands of humankind throughout the centuries and in many different societies.
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