By Carol Bakhos
The time period "Abrahamic religions" has won massive forex in either scholarly and ecumenical circles as a fashion of pertaining to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In The relatives of Abraham, Carol Bakhos steps again from this conference to invite an often missed query: What, in reality, is Abrahamic approximately those 3 faiths? Exploring different tales and interpretations in relation to the portrayal of Abraham, she unearths how he's commemorated in those assorted scriptural traditions and the way scriptural narratives were pressed into provider for nonreligious purposes.
Grounding her research in an in depth exam of old Jewish textual practices, essentially midrash, in addition to medieval Muslim tales of the Prophets and the writings of the early Church Fathers, Bakhos demonstrates that old and early-medieval readers frequently decorated similar to Abraham and his family--Sarah, Hagar, Ishmael, and Isaac. Her research dismantles pernicious misrepresentations of Abraham's firstborn son, Ishmael, and provocatively demanding situations modern references to Judaism and Islam as sibling religions.
As Bakhos issues out, an uncritical adoption of the time period "Abrahamic religions" not just blinds us to the various interpretations and traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam but additionally artificially separates those faiths from their old contexts. In correcting incorrect assumptions concerning the narrative and theological importance of Abraham, The kinfolk of Abraham sheds new mild on key figures of 3 global religions.
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