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He then proceeds to the life of our Saviour and the fulfilment of the prophecies that went before. After an account of the Annunciation as given in the Gospels,1 he quotes at length the corresponding passage from the Coran,2 and adds:"This is the account as given by thy Master himself, in attestation of the Gospel history. Now say, my Friend (and the Lord direct thee!), whether thou hast ever heard, or read in books, of any one who was ushered into the world with a blessed annunciation such as I have related to thee from the Gospel, and also from thine own Scripture." There follows Mary's visit to Elizabeth, and the vision of Zecharias (in respect of which the Coran is again quoted as showing that it was the office of John the Baptist to bear witness "to the Word of God"3 ), the Adoration
and Birth of
Sura iii. 35,
et seq. (42-49).
Sura iii 39
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of the Magians, and the Angels' Song to the shepherds.
He passes on briefly to the Ministry of Christ; his baptism, the testimony of his being the Lamb of God, the Temptation, and Miracles. He dwells on the meekness, humility and kindness of Jesus; and lays stress on his poverty and the absence in his life of any worldly object save only to bring salvation to mankind.
A full outline follows of our Saviour's teaching drawn from the Sermon on the Mount; and a page is devoted to justify the doctrine of the Fatherhood of God. The brotherhood and unity of mankind as flowing therefrom are contrasted with the teaching of the Coran, which is alleged to engender enmity;1 and the claim of the Almighty to be regarded as a wise and tender Parent, is illustrated from Hebrews xii. 6. He dwells upon the miracles of Jesus, and shows that they were acknowledged in the Coran. In contrast with the wonderful works done by the Jewish prophets, Jesus performed these by His own inherent power, and never failed as Moses failed at the waters of Meriba, or Jeremiah whom the Lord refused to hear.
Sura lxiv. 15.
and iii. 48.
Jerem. vii. 16.