With the Name of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

Twelve Differences Between the Bible and the Qur'an

by Lester Allyson Knibbs, Ph.D.
(formerly Hakeem Muhammad)

-- ONE --
The Bible is a collection of books.
The Qur’an is one book.

-- TWO --
The Bible was compiled over a period exceeding 13 centuries.
The Qur’an was compiled over a period of 23 years.

-- THREE --
The Bible tends to be arranged chronologically.
The Qur’an is not arranged chronologically.

-- FOUR --
The Bible has many different authors.
The Qur’an has one author.

-- FIVE --
The Bible, as a whole, is not mentioned in the Bible.
The Qur’an, as a whole, is mentioned often in the Qur’an.

-- SIX --
The Bible does not claim to be literal revelation.
The Qur’an claims to be literal revelation.

-- SEVEN --
The Bible is reconstructed from lost originals.
The Qur’an has been preserved in its original form.

-- EIGHT --
There are several versions of the Bible.
There is one version of the Qur’an.

-- NINE --
The Bible is read in translation.
The Qur’an is read in its original language.

-- TEN --
The Bible is read in different languages around the world.
The Qur’an is read in one language worldwide.

-- ELEVEN --
Few people read the Bible from beginning to end.
Many people read the Qur’an from beginning to end, often.

-- TWELVE --
Only a few parts of the Bible are used in prayer.
The entire Qur’an is used in prayer.

Selected Bibliography

Where to Find More Information
Bible and Qur'an Home Page