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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 that the first translations ar…

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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 05 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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