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Bible, 15: Arabic Versions
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The Arabic versions of the Bible are numerous and incredibly diverse. Christians living under Muslim rule began to write in Arabic and to translate the Bible into Arabic probably around the 8th century CE. The question whether there were translations before this time, particularly in the pre-Islamic period, is still discussed, but there is no documentary evidence to support it. It is most likely tha…

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Schulthess, Sara, “Bible, 15: Arabic Versions”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 20 April 2019 <>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180921

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