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Islam's Jesus$
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Zeki Saritoprak

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049403

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049403.001.0001

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The Hadith and Jesus’s Eschatological Descent

The Hadith and Jesus’s Eschatological Descent

(p.55) Four The Hadith and Jesus’s Eschatological Descent
Islam's Jesus

Zeki Saritoprak

University Press of Florida

Chapter 4 focuses on the Hadith and Islamic historical literatures that expound upon Jesus's eschatological descent. To do this, the author first explains the importance of the Hadith in Islamic theology, defining the methodology used in the Islamic sciences to verify their reliability, and, second, he discusses Islam's understanding of the Prophet Muhammad. Throughout the Hadith literature, there is no single unified story regarding Jesus's descent. The author uses this fact, plus the general understanding that Muhammad spoke metaphorically, to argue that the sayings of the Prophet must be understood through interpretation. The chapter then gives examples of both weak and strong Hadith and examines the history and theological implications of these Hadith.

Keywords:   Hadith, Hadith literature, Islamic literature, eschatological descent, Islamic sciences, Prophet Muhammad, interpretation, metaphor, methodology

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