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.