Nakhati Jon’s new book, Searching Below the Surface: A Deeper Look at Covenant and Contract, presents a much-needed contrast between how the God of the Bible functions in a covenant manner and the Islamic Allah in a contractual way. These foundations give an invitation to understand marriage as an outcome of these beliefs, leading us to discover why biblical marriage is covenantal, not contractual.
This book exposes the undergirding ideas beneath our spiritual and religious systems. Below Christian and Islamic religious structures and paths hide ancient networks that need raising to the surface so that a better worldview comprehension can occur. Especially in how do differing creation accounts in the Bible and Quran uphold theological understandings? In what ways does the oneness of Yahweh and Absolute Oneness of Allah influence their narratives? Each area explored hints further meaning to the whole story.
The many aspects explored about Yahweh or Allah today may not give us a complete picture of what hides beneath a religious structure or mode of thinking. As in any ancient dig, time and patience provide a fuller description. Likewise, the many artifacts discovered without a systematic blueprint may conceal a fuller understanding. In this writing, items uncovered will link to either a systematic covenant or contract blueprint. As we search and meticulously expose the substructure, a complete picture will show the difference between a covenant God called Yahweh and a deity prone to contract called Allah. Searching Below the Surface digs up the bedrock of why the Bible presents a covenant model and Islam a contract one. The underpinnings in each perspective reflect the essence of either Yahweh or Allah’s nature to guide our exploration.
As we journey intellectually into the Bible and Quran, we will appreciate how Christianity and Islam pursue divergent paths concerning life. We will see a different viewpoint based on the nature of deity’s oneness, what God says about man, and how he interacts and offers deliverance for humanity. These things influence a follower’s identity and relationships. Any archeologist takes much time collecting and classifying the artifacts discovered to categorize the evidence. Theological archeology looks at how the Bible and Quran formulate a collective identity. The items gathered from both sides, with much patient analysis, will create a classification.
The biblical source extensively draws, defines, and legitimizes a covenant identity. On the other hand, the Islamic source often ignores the biblical context to rearrange, re-define and re-legitimize a contract parameter regarding marriage. These textual digs will explore the distinctions and inferences that eventually show marriage as either covenantal or contractual. As in any archaeological dig, the study of the area requires much patient evaluation. An archaeologist finds apparent and everyday objects but provides a fuller picture when comparing the finds with other objects and time periods. Likewise, we discover a covenant or contract identity when contrasting the Bible and the Quran. We hope to show that Yahweh, a covenant God and Allah a contract one, eventually affects people’s views of marriage.