A Study of the Person of Jesus in the Bible and the Qur’an: its relevance for Christian-Muslim dialogue in the Kumasi Metropolis

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August 2016
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Christians and Muslims have cohabited in the same community and vicinity in Ghana since the 19th century. Adherents of both religions have known and seen each other, relating well in their communities and live in mutual understanding. The faiths, being Abrahamic origin, have some common beliefs about Jesus which if well understood would help foster peaceful relations between members of the two religions. The research is about the person of Jesus in the Bible and the Qur’an; its relevance for Christian Muslim dialogue in Kumasi Metropolis. The study employed qualitative and quantitative methods of research. It used questionnaire and interviews in collecting the data for the work. Purposive sampling technique was used in soliciting for views through interviews. The findings were analysed and discussed and some findings were made. Jesus is presented in the Qur’an as Isa. The Bible and Qura’an agree on the Immaculate Conception of Jesus by the Virgin Mary. It found out that both holy books consider Jesus as Prophet par excellence. It was also revealed that if members acknowleged the various differences and similarities their teachings on Jesus, greater understanding leading to tolerance and respect will be the hallmark in the Christian-Muslim dialogue. The study recommends that dialogue for Christians and Muslims should focus more on the commonalities which are found in the respective faiths. This would yield more results. Dialogue held with open mind and free from prejudice will result in each party gaining a better understanding of the other’s faith.  
A thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of Master of Philosophy,