The Mystery of the Crucifixion


Author: Louay Fatoohi

Subject: Comparative Religion 

Publication date: 10 Nov, 2008

Page count: 147

Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm

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Numerous books and articles have been published about the crucifixion. Western studies have focused on the Christian narratives and historical sources but almost all have completely ignored the Qur’an, which denies that Jesus was crucified. Muslim scholars have also studied the Qur’an’s account but mostly in exegetical works that focused on the Qur’an’s version of the story, with some comparative references to the Gospel narratives but with almost no consideration of historical sources.

This book takes a new approach by considering the crucifixion in the Qur’an, Christian writings, and early historical sources. It discusses the serious flaws in the Gospel accounts and the unreliability of the few non-Christian sources. The book also challenges modern alternative readings of the history of that event. One new contribution that this study makes to the literature of the crucifixion is its new interpretation of all related Qur’anic verses. It also presents a coherent explanation of the development of the fictitious story of the crucifixion of Jesus.

The theology of the cross that Paul developed is also examined. The book shows that the doctrine of the atonement conflicts with the Gospel teachings and is refuted in the Qur’an.

Detailed, yet easy to read and enjoyable, this thought-provoking study is for anyone interested in the crucifixion in the Qur’an, the New Testament, and historical sources. Those interested in comparative studies of the Qur’an and the Bible will find this book highly informative.

This detailed scriptural and historical investigation of the crucifixion of Jesus covers:

  • Flaws in the Gospel accounts of the crucifixion
  • Whether history really supports the crucifixion tradition
  • The Qur’an’s explanation of the crucifixion
  • The origin of the theology of the cross
  • The reality of Jesus’ appearances after the crucifixion


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Part I: The Crucifixion in the New Testament

1 Inconsistencies in the Gospel Accounts of the Crucifixion

2 Historical Problems in the Gospel Accounts of the Crucifixion

3 Who Killed Jesus: The Romans or the Jews?

4 The Date of the Crucifixion

5 Paul’s Theology of the Cross: The Doctrine of the Atonement

Part II: The Crucifixion Outside the Scriptures

6 The Crucifixion in Historical Sources

7 An Empty Tomb and Appearances After the Crucifixion: Alternative Scenarios

Part III: The Crucifixion in the Qur’an

8 The Fiction of Jesus’ Crucifixion

9 The Crucifixion of Jesus’ Substitute

10 After the Crucifixion

11 The Flawed Theology of the Cross

12 The Real Story of the Crucifixion


Index of Qur’anic Verses

Index of Biblical Passages

Index of Names and Subjects