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Product Details

  • Paperback: 562 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2nd edition (July 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451562527
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451562521
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,084,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Laurence B. Brown (1959- ) graduated from Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences, Brown University Medical School, and George Washington University Hospital residency program. He is a retired Air Force officer, the medical director and chief ophthalmologist of a major eye center in the Middle East, an ordained interfaith minister, and the author of four books of comparative religion. He has recently discovered a passion for writing reality-based fiction. His breakout action/adventure novel, The Eighth Scroll (www.EighthScroll.com), became Amazon.com's #1 Kindle bestseller in each of the categories of Church History, Religion & Spirituality Fiction, Christianity, and Religious Fiction. For the past two decades, he has divided his time between America, England, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. Dr. Brown's immediate family consists of his wife, three daughters and an ever changing assortment of hamsters and parrots.


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Be warned though, that this is a long book.
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One must have a basic understanding of the chain of prophecy to appreciate this book and what any educated Muslim has to say.
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Obviously much effort has been put into the making of this book and for that Dr. Brown deserves our accolade.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ahmed SIRaj on December 22, 2010
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This scholarly tome is a MUST for any students of comparative religion, especially if your area of interest happens to be the Semitic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

A thoroughly well-researched piece of engrossing scholarship, Dr. Brown has done a commendable job in narrating the evolution of faith from the religion of the Jews through Pauline Christianity and culminating in the global faith of Islam. All the major doctrines are dissected in a scholarly fashion highlighting the differences and similarities between the Abrahamic faiths.

This book is divided into 6 sections, with the first section focussed on the subject of monotheism (belief in one God) which underpins the theological concept in the Abrahamic religions. The Jewish concept of God is contrasted with the Christian Trinity and compared to the Islamic tawheed (absolute monotheism) that proclaims Allah as the One True God worthy of worship.

Section 2 goes into detail on the nature and attributes of God as understood in the 3 religions. Special emphasis is given to the ever controversial mainstream Christian dogma venerating the alleged divinity of Christ as the son of God. This is quite an exciting part of the book packed with tons of references that puts Christology under a scholarly microscope as it dissects all points of view and arguments.

Section 3 explores the origins, composition and transmission of the religious scriptures, namely the Jewish Tanakh, Christian New Testament and the Muslim Quran. It provides an in-depth coverage on the makings of those heavenly texts with a richly documented analysis on the historical reliability and textual integrity of the Qur'an as God's final revelation to the world.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on May 11, 2011
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This is a great book for sincere seekers of the truth. It truly deserves five stars. Be warned though, that this is a long book. However, this is not necessarily a bad thing, because there is a lot of material that has been covered. Each individual chapter is packed with information and food for thought.

The author must be commended for this masterpiece. Still, my guess is that it will be more useful for Muslims than for Christian readers.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn A. Anderton on October 18, 2013
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In general I enjoyed this book. If one is looking for the problems that exist in the Biblical text, and do not wish to slog through massive scholarly tomes, this book is a good choice. However, there are many false statements that could and should be corrected. Remember Luke 16:10 which the author carefully quotes: "He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much, and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much". In other words if we cannot trust the author in the smaller things we cannot trust him in the greater things.

One page 219 the author asks the reader "Where did Jesus counsel his followers that they could relax, for in a few days he would pay the price [for their sins] and they could all go to heaven on nothing more than belief?" Well, the answer is John 6:28-29: "Then said they unto Him, "What shall we DO, that we might WORK the WORKS of GOD?" Jesus answered and said unto them, "THIS is the WORK of GOD: that ye BELIEVE in Him whom He hath sent." (Emphasis mine) Other relevant verses are John 3:14 and 12:32: "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." Being "lifted up" from the earth is a reference, of course, to the crucifixion of Christ. We are told that the end result of that crucifixion will be the drawing of all mankind to Christ. Through his crucifixion not our good works. I'm not saying I agree. I'm merely pointing out the facts of the Biblical text.

The author refers, on page 188, to the founder of Mormonism as John Smith. His name was actually Joseph or Joe if you prefer.

The author claims that "Ye must be born again" in John 3:3 is a mistranslation of "Ye must be born from above." Wrong.
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By L.D. Hobbs on April 7, 2014
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Wonderfully presented comparison and reasoning comparing Judaism, Christianity and Islam. clearly presented without inflammation. Well documented. I'm eager to continue exploring.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ozzy on March 7, 2013
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This is an outstanding book which takes the reader on a detailed tour through the three Abrahamic religions, exposing the errors and deceit in some, while also revealing some remarkable and long-hidden truth in others.

An authentic and unmistakeable sequential chain of revelation between the three religions is identified, which explains in a remarkable way these apparent discrepancies. Through elaborate analysis, flawless logic and with a refreshingly engaging and at times humorous style of writing for such a seemingly dry topic, the book guides the reader towards the inevitable and indisputable conclusion as to where the truth ultimately is to be found.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Winston on December 26, 2012
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The Author begins by showing how the three religions, Judaism, Muslim and Christianity have similar roots and how they differ today.

A refreshing perpective on statements in the Bible that often contradict each other and how the differences came about
The author backs up his ideas and assertions with Bible references. However, the book is ver readable without having to look them up.

Fascinating and logical explanations and interpretations are given for many issues in the Bible On reading the Bible many people might have to skim over parts that are not easily understood and frankly unbelieveable. These issues are attacked head on and alternative interpretations given

An interesting read.
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