The Theology of God's Word from the Biblical and Qur'anic Perspectives

Opeloye, Muhib Omolayo (1995)


The word of God known in the Old Testament as La debar Yahweh and in the New Testament as Ho Legos tou Theou, and variously referred to in the Qur'an as Kalam-Allah, Kalimat-Allah (pl. Kalimat) and alkalimu is an expression of divine will. According to the Scriptures the word of God is not only supreme and immutable, it is eternal. The divine word has several theological significations three of which shall be explored in this paper because of their contribution to the Christian-Muslim understanding of the revealed word of God. These are the word of God as a message, the word as an operative force and the word as a personified force.