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nathan f. elmore

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Ramadan Renderings/Day 3

I am a Christian pastor who works as a collegiate minister with the Virginia Baptists at Virginia Commonwealth University. One of my areas of vocational interest and spiritual work is Christian-Muslim relations, including text-centered dialogues or conversations. During Ramadan 2011, I read through the entire Qur'an, in English, via Tarif Khalidi's 2008 translation (Penguin Books). What follows is a personal, meditative rendering of the Qur'an portion of the day. This rendering is devotional in nature, not scholarly. And it comes in the form of textual observations, spiritual reflections, theological questions or poetic responses.

 

Boys reading the Qur'an in Hamilton, Ontario

Day 3 || Reading: Qur'an 2:253 - 3:92

 

Rendering from Qur'an 2:260 

http://quran.com/2/260

To revive the dead is a visual spectacle with internal ramifications. According to this story, flying in the face of Abraham's rationality are birds that once were broken but now are completely whole. By the power of God.

 

Rendering from Qur'an 3:45-49

http://quran.com/3/45-49

Jesus brought signs from God, including the occasional act of wonder. Here, he is said to have made a clay bird, breathed on it and watched it become a living thing. By the power of God. I'm wondering, What lifeless thing in me, or around me, can only God revive?