Abraham: Sign of Hope for Jews, Christians and Muslims

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"Scholarly, but understandable for the educated lay reader as well as the specialist..". -- Library Journal

"A thorough and enlightening discussion, a collection of hope-filled possibilities". -- Booklist

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

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Kuschel's timely study of Abraham will come as a sign of hope to all who seek greater understanding among Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Given the historical and contemporary significance of the internecine struggles among those traditions, such a sign is no small thing. That the intensity of the struggles has been due in part to the fact that they have been family feuds is Kuschel's cue: he examines at length the character each of the three traditions claims as "father." The first half of the book is devoted to a careful historical and theological account of the place of Abraham in each of the three traditions. Particularly helpful is Kuschel's attention to exclusivist tendencies in each tradition, tendencies that, in times and places of historical confrontation, have transformed relatedness into division. The second half of the book is devoted to discussion of "an Abrahamic ecumene." This discussion is part of the tradition that found public expression in the 1993 parliament of the world's religions in Chicago. In the spirit of that tradition, Kuschel carefully articulates a "global" perspective that does not seek to ignore or eliminate differences. This is a thorough and enlightening discussion, a collection of hope-filled possibilities--a welcome contribution to the all too often discordant symphony of Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations. Steve Schroeder

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