Christians and other non-Muslims often are surprised to discover how many biblical figures are mentioned in the Quran. John Kaltner of Rhodes College in Memphis will explore that topic in a lecture on the roles that several prominent biblical characters play in Islam’s sacred text.

John Kaltner

John Kaltner

Kaltner, the Virginia Ballou McGehee Professor of Muslim-Christian Relations at Rhodes, will discuss “Moses, Jesus and Mary in the Quran” from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in the auditorium of O’Shaughnessy Educational Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

Free and open to the public, the lecture is co-sponsored by St. Thomas’ Muslim Christian Dialogue Center and the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning. The Jay Phillips Center is a joint enterprise of St. Thomas and St. John’s University, Collegeville.

Kaltner teaches courses on the Bible, Islam and the Arabic language. Among his books are Introducing the Qur’an for Today’s Reader (Fortress Press, 2011); What Do Our Neighbors Believe? Questions and Answers on Judaism, Christianity and Islam [with Howard Greenstein and Kendra Hotz] (Westminster John Knox Press, 2007); Inquiring of Joseph: Getting to Know a Biblical Character through the Qur’an (Liturgical Press, 2003); Islam: What Non-Muslims Should Know (Fortress Press, 2003); and Ishmael Instructs Isaac: An Introduction to the Qur’an for Bible Readers (Liturgical Press, 1999).

Information about the lecture also is available online here.