Inheriting Abraham Hardback

The Legacy of the Patriarch in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

by Jon D. Levenson;

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Inheriting Abraham

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Jews, Christians, and Muslims supposedly share a common religious heritage in the patriarch Abraham, and the idea that he should serve only as a source of unity among the three traditions has become widespread in both scholarly and popular circles. "Inheriting Abraham" boldly challenges this view, demonstrating Abraham's distinctive role in each tradition, while delineating the points of connection as well. In this sweeping and provocative book, Jon Levenson subjects the powerful story in Genesis of Abraham's calling, his experience in Canaan and Egypt, and his near-sacrifice of his beloved son Isaac to a careful literary and theological analysis. But Levenson also explores how Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have given distinctive interpretations to these narratives, often reimagining Abraham and his life in mutually exclusive ways. Historically, the three traditions have differed sharply over what Abraham's life foreshadows, how the Abrahamic community is constituted and sustained, and what practices the patriarch's example authorizes. In these disputes, Levenson finds illuminating signs of profound and enduring theological divergences alongside the commonalities.A stunning achievement that is certain to provoke debate, "Inheriting Abraham" traces how each community has come to revere Abraham as an exemplar of its own distinctive spiritual teachings and practices. This probing and compelling book also reveals how the increasingly conventional notion of the three equally "Abrahamic" religions derives from a dangerous misunderstanding of key biblical and Qur'anic texts, fails to do full justice to any of the traditions, and is often biased against Judaism in subtle and pernicious ways.

Inheriting Abraham by Jon D. Levenson was published by Princeton University Press in September 2012 and is our 54713th best seller. The ISBN for Inheriting Abraham is 9780691155692.

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Details for Inheriting Abraham

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherPrinceton University Press (September 2012)
Number of Pages264
Thickness28 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4037037
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