Course Description

The aim of this course is to equip the Christian to effectively engage in evangelism with Muslims through a deeper understanding of the Islamic Worldview. Muslims often raise polemical questions about the Bible, the nature of Jesus, and the origins and development of Christianity. This course discusses a response to those critical questions while assessing the origins and early development of Islam. The research has been peer-reviewed, and covers modern critical scholarship on the Biography of Muhammad, the six genres of Islamic historical tradition, as well as source and textual criticism of the Qur’an.

Subjects Covered In This Course

The course will assist students in becoming equipped with responses to critical questions (philosophical and theological issues) raised by Muslims that attempt to undermine the foundations of the Christian faith and prove it to be self-contradictory, flawed, or false (This is a defense). Secondly, this class will provide the students with information on Islam and an introduction to polemics that undermine ones confidence in trusting the Islamic historical origins, philosophy or doctrines as true (This is the “offense”).

  • Islamic worldview

  • The Life and supposed-Prophethood of Muhammad

  • The miraculous nature of the Qur’an

  • Textual criticism of the Qur’an

  • Shariah Law

  • The nature of Jesus

  • The origins and development of Christianity

  • Practical Guidelines to being involved in the Great Commission

Professor

Dr. Joshua Lingel

Joshua Lingel is the President and visionary leader of i2 Ministries. Currently, he is responsible for leading training in Muslim Ministry and Islamic Studies for a network of over 20,000 churches in Asia, Africa, and South America. The goal of i2 is to provide each church and Christian the accessibility to all the training they need to finish the Great Commission among Muslims from the voices of global Christianity. Joshua Lingel was called into Muslim Ministry at age 18 when God spoke to him to study everything he could about Islam and since then train up the global church to target the Muslims in one generation. He has been involved in Muslim Evangelism since 1991. Lingel attended six universities in Islamic Studies, including the University of Washington, University of London, Harvard and Talbot School of Theology, in Muslim Ministry and Christian Theology, teaching at Biola University & Talbot School of Theology undergrad & graduate students in Christian Apologetics to Islam since 1999. From 2003-2009 Joshua Lingel was co-founder and director of strategic projects with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), He is married to Jussara Robert Lingel and together they lead i2 Ministries.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome and Orientation

  • 2

    Chapter 1

  • 3

    Chapter 2

    • Read: Chapter 1 - The function and Meaning of the stories of the Prophets in the Qur'an

    • Post a RISE Review Comment for the required reading

    • Read: Chapter 2 - Jesus and the God of Israel by Richard Bauckham

    • Post a RISE Review Comment on Chapter 2 of Jesus and the God of Israel

  • 4

    Chapter 3

  • 5

    Chapter 4

  • 6

    Chapter 5

    • Muhammad's Prophethood and Moral Character Video (Lecture)

    • Lecture Application

    • Course Book Reading: "The Politico-Religious Catalyst to the Early Islamic Conquests by Chester J. DeLagneau

    • Post a RISE Review Comment for: The Politico-Religious Catalyst to the Early Islamic Conquests

  • 7

    Chapter 6

    • Historical Critique of the Sources for the Life of Mohammad Video (Lecture)

    • Lecture Application

    • Read Part 3 (pages 127-184): Putting Jesus in His Place

    • Post a RISE Review Comment on Part 3 of Putting Jesus in His Place

  • 8

    Chapter 7

    • Shariah Law and Society Video (Lecture)

    • Lecture Application

    • Course Book: Review the Hadith Index

    • Read/Index: Life of Muhammad by Ibn Ishaq (Pages 221-280)

  • 9

    Chapter 8

    • Qu’ran Critique Part 1 Revelation and Compilation Video (Lecture)

    • Lecture Application

    • Course Book Reading: The Qur'an - A Christian Apologetic " by Dr. Jay Smith

    • Post a RISE Review Comment for: The Qur'an - A Christian Apologetic

    • Read/Index: Life of Muhammad by Ibn Ishaq (Pages 281-370)

  • 10

    Chapter 9

    • Qu’ran Critique Part 2 Content Stories Prophets Enemies Rituals Video (Lecture)

    • Lecture Application

    • Read Part 4 (pages 185-234): Putting Jesus in His Place

    • Post a RISE Review Comment on Part 4 of Putting Jesus in His Place

    • Read/Index: Life of Muhammad by Ibn Ishaq (Pages 370-450)

    • Read: Chapter 3 - Biblical Prophets in the Qur'an

    • Post a RISE Review Comment - Chapter 3 - Biblical Prophets in Qur'an

  • 11

    Chapter 10

    • Qu’ran Critique 3 Miraculous Nature Eloquence Literary Qualities Arabic Universal Application Video (Lecture)

    • Lecture Application

    • Course Book Reading: "A Historical Comparison Between the Bible and the Qur'an" by Dr. Jay Smith

    • Post a RISE Review Comment on "A Historical Comparison Between the Bible and the Qur'an"

    • Read/Index: Life of Muhammad by Ibn Ishaq (Pages 450-566)

  • 12

    Chapter 11

    • Textual Criticism of the Qu’ran Video (Lecture)

    • Lecture Application

    • Read: What Is the Koran by Toby Lester

    • Post a RISE Review Comment for "What is the Koran?"

    • Read/Index: Life of Muhammad by Ibn Ishaq (Pages 566-617)

  • 13

    Chapter 12

    • ‘Isa in Islam or Jesus in Christianity Video (Lecture)

    • Lecture Application

    • Read: Chapter 4 - Jesus and the God of Israel by Richard Bauckham

    • Post a RISE Review Comment on Chapter 4 of Jesus and the God of Israel

    • Read Part 5 (pages 235-288): Putting Jesus in His Place

    • Post a RISE Review Comment on Part 5 of Putting Jesus in His Place

    • Read: Chapter 6 - Jesus and the God of Israel by Richard Bauckham

    • Post a RISE Review Comment on Chapter 6 of Jesus and the God of Israel

  • 14

    Chapter 13

    • A Guide to Finishing the Great Commission Video (Lecture)

    • Lecture Application

    • Course Book Reading: "Dare We Confront" by Dr. Jay Smith

    • Post a RISE Review Comment on "Dare we Confront"

    • Read/Index: Life of Muhammad by Ibn Ishaq (Pages 617-691)

  • 15

    Further Christology Study

    • Christology: Jesus' Divine Identity by Stephen Venable (Lecture)

    • Lecture Application

    • Mohammed Hijab vs. David Wood - Tawheed vs. Trinity

    • Post a Rise Comment on Wood vs. Hijab Debate

    • Bart Ehrman vs. Michael Bird - How Jesus Became God Debate.

    • Post a RISE Review Comment on the Ehrman vs. Bird Debate

    • The Jewish Trinity Lecture - Michael Heiser Lecture

    • Post a RISE Comment on "Two Powers in Heaven Lecture"

    • Christology Test

  • 16

    Chapter 14 - David Wood Lectures

    • Session 1 - Introduction to Evaluating Biblical Prophethood - Dr. David Wood

    • Lecture Application

    • Session 2 - Qur'anic Arguments for the Prophethood of Muhammad - Dr. David Wood

    • Lecture 2 Application

    • Session 3 - Prophecies About Muhammad in the Bible - Dr. David Wood

    • Lecture 3 Application

    • Session 4 - Muhammad's Moral Excellence? - Dr. David Wood

    • Lecture 4 Application

    • Session 5 - Islam's Incoherence and Forced Inconsistency - Dr. David Wood

    • Lecture 5 Application

    • Session 6 - Five of Islam's Weakest Arguments - Dr. David Wood

    • Lecture 6 Application

    • Session 7 - Evaluating the Source of Muhammad's Revelations - Dr. David Wood

    • Lecture 7 Application

    • Session 8 - Evaluating the Sources of Muhammad's Revelations Part 2 - Dr. David Wood

    • Lecture 8 Application

    • Session 9 - A Complete Case Against Islam - Dr. David Wood

    • Lecture 9 Application

  • 17

    Evangelism Reports

    • Evangelism Report #1

    • Evangelism Report #2

    • Evangelism Report #3

    • Evangelism Report #4

    • Evangelism Report #5

  • 18

    Final Chapter

    • Assignment: Turn in your Prayer Initiative Assignment Report

    • Assignment: Turn in your Evangelism Tract

    • Assignment: Turn in your Life of Muhammad Evangelism Index

    • Assignment: Turn in a Polemics Paper

    • Assignment: Turn in WISE App Group Follow-up

    • Assigned Reading Assessment

    • Final Exam

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    • Please Rate This Course

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Online Master's Degree

A Pathway to a Master of Arts in Ministry with an Islamic Studies Concentration

God’s Bible School & College (gbs.edu) has partnered with Mission Muslim World University (mmwu.org) offering a pathway to receive a Master of Arts in Ministry with an Islamic Studies Concentration. This degree is designed for those with Bible college undergrad degrees who want grad-level theology and ministry training to evangelize and disciple Muslims with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God’s Bible School & College will award an MA degree to students who complete the 18 credit hours of core online-classes through God’s Bible School & College and transfer in up to 18 credit hours of completed online-classes completed through Mission Muslim World University.