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Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths Paperback – August 2, 2005
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Anyone seeking to understand the roots of tension in the Middle East need look no further than the final half of this book, where Feiler interprets the meaning of Abraham as seen through the prism of each religion. Surprisingly, the book is as entertaining as it is thoughtful: Feiler is a masterful writer with a warm, humorous voice, a dazzling way with metaphors, and an underlying intelligence that comes through in every passage. Abraham deserves the highest of recommendations. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As Feiler tells us in this book, the sedrah portion he studied for his own Bar Mitzvah was "Lech lecha," the section of the Torah which deals with God's call to Abraham to leave his home and go to a place that God would show him. It is said that one's Bar Mitzvah portion is forever connected with one's personal destiny. This is certainly true in Feiler's case. His lifelong fascination with Abraham has led him to write a very interesting and thought-provoking book.
Don't expect this to be a scholarly study. It's not. In fact, there are some glaring historical inaccuracies. For example, Feiler credits the "Essene" Qumran community with "starting" the tradition of midrash (Jewish hermeneutics). Apparently he's not up on recent Dead Sea Scroll scholarship, because it is now seriously questioned whether (A) the Qumran community was Essene and (B) whether the scrolls in question came from Qumran or a Jerusalem library that was hidden at the time of the Roman siege. At any rate, midrash did not begin at Qumran. (He also confuses midrash with the Mishnah at one point...)
I'm sure that Muslim and Christian readers will find similar errors -- but that's not the point of the book.Read more ›
I ended up reading this book through a book group discussion. I work at a Fortune 500 company that has a diversity committee, like most big corporations, but usually such groups tend to focus only on race, gender, and sexual orientation issues. At my company, they also include other types of diversity, such as generational differences and religion. This book was a perfect choice for such an environment because Abraham is an important figure in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, so people of all three of these major world religions could find something in the book for them.
I found it quite interesting how the three religions have developed views of Abraham that are quite divergent, even though they all have the same historical writing about just a few incidents in his life. The most surprising view to me was the Jewish interpretation of Abraham in the Middle Ages, which according to this author, had become similar to Christ: "Abraham had become a savior, a celestial figure who embodies divinity on earth, represents humans in the afterlife, and contains, in the deeds of his life, the scripture of God's intention.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have read only three chapters for a study group. Enjoying it so far, especially as a Christian reading a Jewish point of view.Published 2 months ago by Gail Beckley
Purely academic, lacking the spirit that would give it life. It was totally uninspiring to me. I anticipated so much more.Published 2 months ago by BELLA Rossiter
The author tells a nice story, but makes the common mistake of thinking that Allah is God. Allah the god of Islam is not Almighty God of the Jews and Christians. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jennifer
Very thorough study of the faiths of the region and their relationship to Abraham. Study of the land as well as politics. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rose
Interesting, easy read for anyone look to understand the common Ideas of the major abrahamic religions. A good book to try.Published 7 months ago by Bjacobs