- Series: Studies in the Book of Abraham (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 608 pages
- Publisher: Brigham Young University; First Edition edition (April 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0934893594
- ISBN-13: 978-0934893596
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.6 x 12 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,867,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Traditions about the Early Life of Abraham (Studies in the Book of Abraham) First Edition Edition
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The above purpose was secondary for my purchase of this book. I hardly ever see criticism of the Book of Abraham for it's historical content any more; most of it is related to how it came about. My main purpose was that I have always had a fascination about the life of Abraham. Three of the world's great religions are considered Abrahamic and I knew that there was a wealth of additional stories about his life. This book has given me full access to everything that the compilers could find about his early life. Many of the traditions appear for the first time in English in this book.
I learned a lot about his life that I didn't know. The stories were entertaining and taught several great principles. After going through this book, I almost feel like an expert on Abraham. You must be warned that there is a lot of repetition in this book, since many of the stories come from common sources. I found the variations between traditions to be fascinating.
The book is broken into 5 major sections. The first is the earliest traditions about the early life of Abraham. This includes excerpts from the Apocrypha and other early writings. The second focuses on Jewish traditions including Philo, Josephus, and the Talmud. The third focuses on Christian traditions including the Clementine Recognitions, Jerome, and Augustine. The forth section focuses on Muslim traditions, which includes the Quran. The final section covers other traditions. There is also a significant set of appendices and several indices by theme, citation, and subject.
I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the early life of Abraham. I do not know of any other source for so many stories about Abraham. This has compressed several lifetimes of study into a single volume.