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Children of Abraham Judaism, Christianity, Islam

ISBN-10: 0691127697
ISBN-13: 9780691127699
Edition: 2006 (Revised)
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Description: F.E. Peters, a scholar without peer in the comparative study of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, revisits his pioneering work after twenty-five years. Peters has rethought and thoroughly rewritten his classicThe Children of Abrahamfor a new  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 9/10/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

F.E. Peters, a scholar without peer in the comparative study of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, revisits his pioneering work after twenty-five years. Peters has rethought and thoroughly rewritten his classicThe Children of Abrahamfor a new generation of readers-at a time when the understanding of these three religious traditions has taken on a new and critical urgency. He began writing about all three faiths in the 1970s, long before it was fashionable to treat Islam in the context of Judaism and Christianity, or to align all three for a family portrait. In this updated edition, he lays out the similarities and differences of the three religious siblings with great clarity and succinctness and with that same remarkable objectivity that is the hallmark of all the author's work. Peters traces the three faiths from the sixth century B.C., when the Jews returned to Palestine from exile in Babylonia, to the time in the Middle Ages when they approached their present form. He points out that all three faith groups, whom the Muslims themselves refer to as "People of the Book," share much common ground. Most notably, each embraces the practice of worshipping a God who intervenes in history on behalf of His people. The book's text is direct and accessible with thorough and nuanced discussions of each of the three religions. Updated footnotes provide the reader with expert guidance into the highly complex issues that lie between every line of this stunning and timely new edition ofThe Children of Abraham.

Foreword
Preface to the New Edition
Preface
Introduction: The Scriptures: Some Preliminary Notions
The Promise and the Heirs
A Contested Inheritance
Community and Hierarchy
The Law
Scripture and Tradition
The Worship of God
Renunciation and Aspiration
Thinking and Talking about God
Epilogue: Sacred History
Notes
Glossary
Index

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