The Chil­dren of Abra­ham: Judaism, Chris­tian­i­ty, Islam

F. E. Peters
  • Review
By – September 24, 2012
As John L. Espos­i­to makes clear in his help­ful fore­word, Pro­fes­sor F. E. Peters’ revi­sion of this impor­tant, acces­si­ble dis­cus­sion of the Judeo-Chris­t­ian-Islam­ic tra­di­tion is a wel­come con­tri­bu­tion for a new gen­er­a­tion of read­ers fac­ing an inter­na­tion­al polit­i­cal envi­ron­ment where respect­ful engage­ment is imper­a­tive. Peters under­takes to intro­duce par­al­lels and dif­fer­ences, and con­nects them to com­mon ori­gins and spir­i­tu­al and intel­lec­tu­al envi­ron­ments. In this effort, the com­par­a­tive dis­cus­sions turn around the fol­low­ing top­ics: Scrip­ture, promise, con­test­ed inher­i­tance, com­mu­ni­ty and hier­ar­chy, law, tra­di­tion, wor­ship, and renun­ci­a­tion and aspi­ra­tion. The result is ele­gant although sim­ple, with intro­duc­tions to many facets of each tra­di­tion inves­ti­gat­ed in close com­par­i­son and con­trast with the oth­er two. Gloss., Index.
Mark D. Nanos, Ph.D., Uni­ver­si­ty of Kansas, is the author of Mys­tery­of Romans, win­ner of the 1996 Nation­al Jew­ish Book Award, Charles H. Revson­Award in Jew­ish-Chris­t­ian Relations.

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