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Children of Abraham, The: Judaism, Christianity, Islam
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CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM, THE: JUDAISM, CHRISTIANITY, ISLAM

PAPERBACK BY PETERS, MR. F. E.; ESPOSITO, JOHN L.

£23.95

ISBN
9780691127699
IMPRINT
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
 
 
EDITION
NEW
PUBLISHER
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
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FORMAT
PAPERBACK
PAGES
264 pages
PUBLICATION DATE
21 AUG 2006

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 classic The Children of Abraham for 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 of The Children of Abraham.

CONTENTS

Foreword by John L.Esposito ix Preface to the New Edition xv Preface xvii INTRODUCTION The Scriptures: Some Preliminary Notions 1 CHAPTER ONE The Promise and the Heirs 7 CHAPTER TWO A Contested Inheritance 21 CHAPTER THREE Community and Hierarchy 41 CHAPTER FOUR The Law 67 CHAPTER FIVE Scripture and Tradition 85 CHAPTER SIX The Worship of God 103 CHAPTER SEVEN Renunciation and Aspiration 116 CHAPTER EIGHT Thinking and Talking about God 138 EPILOGUE Sacred History 167 Notes 173 Glossary 213 Index 227