Christian Apologetics Society

Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God."
- Matthew 22:29

Isaiah 55:11
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it
Gen 1:3
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light
Matthew 26:26
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body."
Malachi 1:11
My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations," says the LORD Almighty.
John 20:23
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.
James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
James 2:14
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
Luke 20:38
For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.
Rev 21:27
Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.
1 Cor 3:15
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Psalm 51:5
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.
John 3:5
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Titus 3:5
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
1 Timothy 3:15
but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
Acts 22:16
And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

The Arabic Alphabet

Here at CAS, we have started an non-credit Arabic language class at the local university. The two lessons this week have focused on the Arabic alphabet, which while confusing to most Americans, actually makes good sense when one considers that the Arabic alphabet was designed to be written in "cursive" script and not printed or type set.

Our first language introduced us to the complete Arabic alphabet which consists of 28 "consonants". Like Hebrew and other semitic languages, the are no "vowels" in the traditional Arabic alphabet, but there are some marks that can be used to indicate particular vowel sounds.

Our second class focused on the first four letters of the Arabic alphabet and included instruction on how to write the letters depending on the letter's location in a word. Similar to the English upper- and lower-case letters, letters in the Arabic alphabet are written differently depending on if the letters starts, ends, or appears in the middle of a word. Just to make the Arabic alphabet interesting, some letters don't have a "middle" and therefore don't connect to the following letter as in English cursive writing.

This is not our first introduction to Arabicand its alphabet. We previously lived among the peoples of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for most of a year. While we never got the hang of the Arabic alphabet during our stay, due to the large English speaking communities in both countries, we did gain much insight into Arabic and Islamic culture.

Our instructor is a young Palestinian man from Gaza and a Muslim. His immediate family came through the recent Israel military operation unharmed, but he has several cousins that suffered some injuries. Among these is a young child who had glass blown into their face and badly cut. Please join us in prayer for the healing of his loved ones.

Hopefully, our mastering the Arabic alphabet will lead to us mastering enough Arabic to read and cite from the Koran in our apologetics ministry. We doubt we'll ever have the Arabic and apologetic skills of Father Zakaria Boutros. But, we have a good benchmark!

Related Posts:
Father Zakaria Botros Radio Broadcast Angers Michigan Muslims
Answering Zakaria Botros
Christian Apologetics for Muslims

Source: YouTube - ArabicEducation - Arabic Alphabet Part 1

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