Find out the latest indie author news. For FREE.


Jane McCabe
Jane McCabe, author
REVELATION! The Single Story of Divine Prophecy to Abraham and His Descendants?the Jews, Christians and Muslims tells the story of prophecy as ONE story, recognizing Mohammad as a prophet in the Judeo-Christian tradition, and comparing stories from the Koran with their biblical versions.
In this religious history surveying Creation to Mohammed, McCabe attempts to reconcile the Judeo-Christian tradition with the text of the Koran. Looking solely at the “revelatory texts” of the Bible and the Koran (that is, the passages believed to be transmitted directly from God), McCabe examines areas of overlap and dissonance among the three faiths’ holy texts. Placing particular weight on the Nicene Creed and its emphasis on consubstantiation, she explores how human interpretation shapes traditional understandings of these texts, all as she considers each religious tradition through the lens of the others. A Christian with an interest and education in Islam, McCabe takes a respectful, calculated approach.

Much of this work is a summary of, or direct quotes from, the Old Testament, the New Testament, and Koran. While McCabe’s analysis of these texts and their historical background is cogent and absorbing, the often lengthy quotations themselves might frustrate lay readers. The most engaging sections center on McCabe’s own words, such as her succinct and illuminating recounting of the Nicene Creed and the key players involved. For the purposes of this exploration, McCabe treats all of these “revealed” texts as inviolably true and uncorrupted by millenia of translations, limiting the work’s utility for those who favor a more clinical approach to religious history. Others will balk at the premise: treating Mohammed as a true prophet in the Judeo-Christian religion. But her detailed explanation of each tradition is perfect for believers eager to expand their worldview.

While McCabe emphasizes the similarities in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (the sovereignty of God, codes of ethics), in the concluding chapter she acknowledges the immutable differences in the text of the various Revelations. But McCabe’s respectful treatment and analysis of the three religions is interesting on its own as she examines how religious traditions build upon earlier groundwork.

Takeaway: This measured look at the foundational texts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam will appeal to believers eager to understand the origins of their faith.

Great for fans of: Ahmed Deedat’s The Choice: Islam and Christianity, David B. Burrell’s Towards a Jewish-Christian-Muslim Theology.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: B
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: B+
Marketing copy: A