Kurt Richardson, Professor, Faculty of Theology McMaster University and Adjunct Professor of Theology, Trinity College, University of Toronto
The Qur'an's appearance in the 7th-8th centuries with its combinations of canonical and extra-canonical gospels reflects Muhammad's movement and the larger Christian environment and use both biblical and
apocryphal sources. The quranic of narratives of gospel material reflect well established practices of reading New Testament apophcrypha with New Testament canon, the former as what Stroumsa has
called "secondary canon" based on customary ecclesiastical usage.
This paper explores this reciprocal relationship of Qur'an and Gospel as recent scholarship of the Syriac historical and theological sources have become more intensively researched. The paper interacts with
important implications of Neuwirth's work on Qur'an and Gospel.