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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. But in Inheriting Abraham, Jon Levenson 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.

[A] learned, lucid and luminous examination of the distinctive character of Abraham.--Glenn C. Altschuler "Jerusalem Post "[E]xcellent. . . . "Inheriting Abraham" is informed throughout by Levenson's characteristically great learning. . . . [G]raceful and clear . . .--Hillel Fradkin "Commentary "Levenson's literary skill and encyclopedic grasp of the exegetical traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam makes this volume a valuable exercise in comparison. But the book also makes a strong and controversial argument about what that comparison actually reveals about the role of Abraham in the relationship between the three 'Abrahamic' religions. . . . [Levenson's] study encourages us to look unflinchingly at the limits of difference and commonality within and across religious traditions.--Martin S. Jaffee "Jewish Review of Books "The best Jewish book in each category this past year? "Inheriting Abraham" is the most impressive work of Jewish scholarship published during 2012. For more than three decades, Jon Levenson has been quietly developing a biblical theology that would revolutionize Jewish understanding and worship, if only more Jews were to learn of it. "Inheriting Abraham" is his most accessible book yet--a model of how exacting scholarship can be written for the well-educated layman.--D.G. Myers "Jewish Ideas Daily "Written very well, argued delightfully, with deep insights, . . . "Inheriting Abraham" makes a superb contribution to our understanding and perception, opinion and insight, of the figure of Prophet Abraham.--Tauseef Ahmad Parray "Islam and Muslim Societies "Jon Levenson's superb book demonstrates that despite some simplistic and ill-conceived attempts to harmonize the three Abrahamic faiths, and some lingering supersessionist antagonisms, we live in a period remarkable for serious and thoughtful dialogue among these cousin religions. It is a dialogue grounded in responsible awareness of the complexity, beauty, and defining commitments of each one. Working from this awareness is our best hope of developing the vital mutual respect and harmony our divided world requires.--Donald Senior "Commonweal "[E]asily accessible to a wide readership. . . . [Levenson's] book is a masterful corrective to the ever more popular, pat and misleading myths that have emerged under the 'Abrahamic' banner.--Allan Nadler "Moment Magazine "[T]he figure of Abraham has more often been a battleground than a meeting place. This is the brilliantly elaborated theme of Levenson's book, which retells the Abraham story while examining the use made of Abraham in later Jewish, Christian, and (to a lesser extent) Muslim thought.--Adam Kirsch "New York Review of Books ""A stunning achievement that is certain to provoke debate. . . . [P]robing and compelling."--"World Book Industry"Best Nonfiction Jewish Book of 2012, "Jewish Ideas"

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  • PDF | 264 pages
  • Jon D. Levenson(Author)
  • Princeton University Press (30 Sept. 2012)
  • English
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  • Religion & Spirituality

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