Shared Stories, Rival Tellings Hardback

Early Encounters of Jews, Christians, and Muslims

by Robert C. Gregg;


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Shared Stories, Rival Tellings

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While existing scholarship informs us about early contact between Christians, Muslims, and Jews, the nature of that interaction, and how it developed over time, is still often misunderstood. Robert Gregg emphasizes that there was both mutual curiosity, since all three religions had ancestral traditions and a commanding God in common, and also wary competitiveness, as each group was compelled to sharpen its identity against the other two. Faced with the overlap of many scriptural stories, they were eager to defend the claim that they alone were God's preferred people. In Shared Stories, Rival Tellings, Gregg performs a comparative investigation of how Jewish, Christian, and Muslim interpreters-both writers and artists-developed their distinctive and exclusionary understandings of narratives common to their three Holy Books: Cain and Abel, Sara and Hagar, Joseph and Potiphar's Wife, Jonah and the Whale, and Mary the Mother of Jesus. Exposed in the process are the major issues under contention and the social-intellectual forces that contributed to spirited, creative, and sometimes combative exchanges between Muslims, Christians and Jews.
In illuminating these historical moments, and their implications for contemporary relations between these three religions, Gregg argues that scripture interpreters played an often underappreciated role in each religion's individual development of thought, spirituality, and worship, and in the three religions' debates with one another-and the cultural results of those debates.

Shared Stories, Rival Tellings by Robert C. Gregg was published by Oxford University Press Inc in October 2015 and is our 58436th best seller. The ISBN for Shared Stories, Rival Tellings is 9780190231491.

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Page last updated 27th July 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherOxford University Press Inc (October 2015)
Weight1429g
Number of Pages752
Thickness41 mm
Height235 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9780190231491
ISBN-100190231491
Product Code4331739
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