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‘Abd Al-Masih Al-Isra'ili (Late 10th C.) - Coptic Wiki

‘ABD AL-MASIH AL-ISRA’ILI (late 10th c.)

An Apologist. According to the title of his Book of Induction ( al-istidlal), ‘Abd al-Masih was a of al-Raqqah who was led to Christianity by the famous physician Mansur ibn Sahlan (d. ca. 1004), who flourished under the early caliphs. A precis (by Samir Khalil, “‘Abd al-Masih”) of ‘Abd al-Masih’s unpublished book suggests that it is a compendium of arguments for the truth of the faith (in particular, the doctrines of the Trinity, the , and the of Christ), much of it gathered from earlier Arabic literature from outside Egypt.

The arguments range from the standard “proofs” for the true religion through prophecies and miracles to sophisticated apologetic exploitation of notions found in the (relatively recent) translations of philosophical and mathematical works. As ‘Abd al-Masih becomes better known, he will undoubtedly gain in stature as a pioneer of Christian apologetic literature in Egypt.

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