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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Brazos Press (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587432390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587432392
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #919,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

"Michael Lodahl reads the Qur'an alongside the Bible he professes and also the rabbinic commentary he admires. Through the pages of this lovingly crafted book, all Abrahamic believers are invited to feast together on God's word."--Peter Ochs, University of Virginia

"Claiming Abraham is a lively and succinct theological presentation of religious traditions from the point of view of their own exponents. Lodahl offers the reader the considerable assets of personal sensitivity along with a clear exposition of ideas and concepts. A work of acute reflection that combines integrity with charitableness."--Lamin Sanneh, Yale Divinity School; director, World Christianity Initiative at Yale

"In a novel approach to interreligious dialogue, Lodahl puts the Bible and the Qur'an in conversation with one another. The result is a fascinating study that shows how the two scriptures often draw upon and reshape the same pool of traditions. A fine guide for those interested in exploring the shared scriptural heritage of Jews, Christians, and Muslims and its implications for the future."--John Kaltner, Rhodes College

"Claiming Abraham offers readers an introduction to the relationship between the Bible and the Qur'an that is both easy to understand and rich in detail. Most impressively, Lodahl avoids clichés and superficial assumptions by illustrating how these religious traditions are more often in disagreement than in agreement over figures such as Adam, Abraham, and Jesus. Ultimately, Lodahl presents an account of these matters that is marked by candor, clarity, and a firm grounding in Christian theology."--Gabriel Said Reynolds, University of Notre Dame

"Scholars will find this book brimming with comparative/interreligious and exegetical/intertextual insights. For all other readers, including those wondering if it is possible to acknowledge the revelatory status of the Qur'an while remaining committed to faith in Christ, Claiming Abraham accessibly engages the theological matters at stake in ways that, if taken seriously, will both deeply inform Christian faith in a pluralistic world and transform the next generation of Christian-Muslim relations."--Amos Yong, Regent University School of Divinity

"Claiming Abraham has recourse to a fine repertoire of skills in reading scripture and in theological interpretation, to lead us on a journey of discovery of the similarity-in-difference that characterizes the ways Christianity and Islam can be seen to relate to one another. 'Similarity-in-difference' is the key, for each will prove illuminating in understanding the other. . . . Our conversation does indeed go on . . . and the better so in the wake of careful comparative studies like this one."--David Burrell, CSC, Uganda Martyrs University

About the Author

Michael Lodahl (Ph.D., Emory University) is professor of theology at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California, and has studied extensively in Israel and Jordan. He is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene and has served congregations in three states. Lodahl is the author of several books, including The Story of God: A Narrative Theology.

More About the Author

Michael Lodahl teaches theology at Point Loma Nazarene University, on the bluffs of Sunset Cliffs in San Diego, California, overlooking the beautiful Pacific.

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Michael Lodahl has written the perfect book to introduce ideas in comparing the writings of Islam, Christianity and Judaism.
MasterAP
Michael Lodahl's fascinating work illuminates the Quran in a way that allows the Christian reader to grasp both the details and the spirit of Islam's most holy book.
Agile Arts
These differences that he states in many chapters might not be there if the author took into consideration a more incorporated view of both Christianity and islam.
Sofyan Abbasi

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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Agile Arts on March 23, 2010
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Michael Lodahl's fascinating work illuminates the Quran in a way that allows the Christian reader to grasp both the details and the spirit of Islam's most holy book. He is thorough, but does a very good job of keeping the reader's head above water. Lodahl does a great service to Muslim-Christian understanding by taking the Quran seriously rather than using it as a foil for theological argument.

Of note: His final chapter deals with End Times expectations in both the Quran and the Bible. This is especially illuminating - it may open the eyes of some Christians to what the Bible says on the topic as well as what is in the Quran. Lodahl isn't the first to set Muslim and Christian ideas about the End Times side-by-side. In the 1880's, hundreds of Mennonites fled to Central Asia in search of the place of Christ's Second Coming, and found themselves in the care of a Muslim king. Along the way they debated eschatology with hostile rulers, and studied Islamic scripture in the palace of Khiva's Khan. The best book on this episode in Muslim-Christian relations is Pilgrims on the Silk Road: A Muslim-Christian Encounter in Khiva. It would make a great companion to Lodahl's book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tom Phillips on September 22, 2010
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Lodahl's book offers two important insights--first, the great similiarity between the Quranic and Biblical traditions when viewed on the surface and, second, the vast differences between the traditions when carefully considered. Lodahl writes as a Christian theologian, though as a theologian of exceptional wit and sensitivity. What results is both a clear depiction of the interaction between the traditions under consideration and an equally clear depiction of the important differences between an Islamic theology of Quranic revelation (as the written words of the Quran) and a Christian theology of incarnational revelation (as the Living Word of Christ). A truly great read!
Thomas E. Phillips
Prof. of New Testament & Early Christianity
Point Loma Nazarene University
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Hall on December 27, 2012
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Great primer for those interested in learning more about Islam and how Muslims view the Qur'an and Christianity. Essential read prior to reading the Qur'an.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sofyan Abbasi on November 21, 2013
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Michael Lodahl wrote Claiming Abraham: reading the bible and the quran side by side with the intention to provide a comparison between the textual scriptures and point out their similarities and explore the differences. Lodahl does a good job of addressing key similarities and minor or major differences between the religious texts. He chooses a topic and then incorporates all quranic and biblical references that are related to the topic and presents them side-by-side. This was a good way of learning key similarities and differences between the texts, and perhaps even a good way to comprehend why these similarities and differences came about. Lodahl provides detailed historical context to each subject. He made it easy to understand the background information relevant to each subject, which made a good transition in understanding every aspect of the material being presented.
While most of the book is satisfactory when it comes to reading and learning about the same ideas in the quran and the bible, the only part that made me a little uneasy is the fact that lodahl was comparing ideas between relatively liberal Christian views to a more conservative Islamic view. This affects the text in many situations as it does not fully apprehend the full teachings of islam and its many different perspectives. In certain situations, even liberal and conservative Christian views would not be similar. Therefore, you must constantly be looking out for the fact that lodahl is comparing two opposite ends of two different religions. These differences that he states in many chapters might not be there if the author took into consideration a more incorporated view of both Christianity and islam. All in all, the book provided a lot of information that helps in studying both the bible and the quran simultaneously.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor J. Cartwright on April 7, 2014
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Dr. Lodahl's book does a great job "peeling the layers of the onion" of the Qu'ran. Why did Muhammad introduce subtleties and nuances not found in the Biblical text? Lodahl brilliantly surveyed Rabbinical commentary from the first few centuries AD and even some of the gnostic gospels. Their influence on the Qu'ran cannot be understated.

What is even more awesome, however, is that Lodahl is respectful through the entire book. he is always gentle when dealing with disagreements, and he always tried to preach peace (even though our doctrines really are irreconcilable).

I highly recommend the book for anyone with an open mind who is interested in understanding more of the Qu'ran's theological foundation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Solitary08 on December 11, 2013
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The author writes in a very deft way that draws parallels and comparisons between the two cultures. It is enlightening and very informative, giving depth and understanding for the readers.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MasterAP on September 14, 2010
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Michael Lodahl has written the perfect book to introduce ideas in comparing the writings of Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

Claiming Abraham is scholarly yet written in a way everyone can understand. You will be surprised at the similarities between the three religions that have been stereotyped as arch rivals.

With 12 chapters, Lodahl dives into the differences with regards to:

Abraham
Israel and Christianity
The God of Creation
The actual Word of God
Adam and what it means to be human
Cain and Abe
The truth behind the Noah story
What happened at Sinai
Mary the mother of Jesus
Who Jesus really was
The idea behind Allah or Adonai
and the end of the world.

I found it fascinating to read that it's possible Mohammad gained some of his beliefs from the Jewish commentators of his time. It's also fun to read how a few Christian stories have some of their points originating from the Qur-an and Islamic thought rather than the Bible.

Claiming Abraham is a terrific book for anyone interested in learning more about Islam, Christianity and how other religions view similar stories.

A great read.

This book was provided for review by Brazos Press.
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